HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Senate voted Thursday to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut, a state that has executed only one prisoner in a half-century and is now on track to join a national trend away from capital punishment.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma officials said they were ready to execute a convicted murderer Thursday using a drug combination that includes a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals, after a nationwide shortage of a key ingredient forced the state to tinker with the usual formula.
By Sean Murphy, The Associated Press
, December 16, 2010
Prosecutors on Monday told a judge presiding over an unusual court hearing on the constitutionality of the death penalty in Texas that they won't participate in the legal proceeding and will “stand mute” during the hearing.
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Facing a nationwide shortage of a lethal injection drug, Arizona has taken an unusual step that other death penalty states may soon follow: get their supplies from another country.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says there's a real question about whether a terrorist suspect such as self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed can face the death penalty if he were to plead guilty before a military commission.
A man sentenced to death for the killing of a University of North Dakota student is asking for a new hearing in front of a federal appeals court.
Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minn., a convicted sex offender, was found guilty in 2006 of killing 22-year-old Dru Sjodin of Pequot Lakes, Minn. She was kidnapped from a Grand Forks shopping mall on Nov. 22, 2003, and her body was found the following April. Authorities said she had been raped, beaten and stabbed.
November 24, 2009
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