Arkansas executes Ledell Lee, the first inmate to be executed in the state since 2005. Lee asks for Communion as his last meal.
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Ohio is the first state to have a ruling upheld in circuit courts against midazolam, following an April 6 decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The U.S. Supreme Court sent a Texas death-row case back to lower courts March 28, saying the inmate's intellectual disability should prevent his execution. The court's 5-3 decision reversed a Texas appeals court ruling that said inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled based on state criteria and could face execution.
The death penalty is still being widely debated both at the state level and in the Supreme Court. Ongoing arguments involve execution dates and execution drugs.
The numbers: Capital punishment in the United States is on life support, hanging on in the 2 percent of counties that administer more than half of all executions.
Philippine House passes measure to reinstate death penalty: "Certainly we are for the campaign against drugs, and we know drugs can have very serious harmful effects on families," said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro. "But also we would like to say that drug offenders should not be subject to the death penalty, because it's not a humane and Christian way of dealing with the problem."
Efforts have fallen short to procedurally "blast" a bill to end the death penalty onto Montana's House floor for full consideration, after a March 1 deadline passed.
Review: I brought to the Washington National Opera my own sense that Sr. Helen Prejean had misplaced her sympathy. I came away with many questions to ponder.
The Kansas legislature is currently deliberating on a bill that aims to abolish the death penalty in the state and replace it with life imprisonment without parole.