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Article • April 20, 2017
Filed under: Death Penalty
Connecticut Supreme Court Abolishes Death Penalty as Cruel and Unusual Punishment by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In a decision rendered in August 2015, after the filing of numerous amicus briefs by the American Civil Liberties Union and other prisoner rights organizations, the Connecticut Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, ...
PLN Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou by John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former counterterrorism consultant. He left the CIA in March 2004, later serving as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior intelligence advisor ...
Article • March 29, 2017
Oklahoma DOC Chief Gets Bullet-Resistant SUV After Botched Execution, Threats by Joe Watson Oklahoma's Department of Corrections director Robert Patton has been provided with a team of bodyguards and a bullet-resistant SUV in the wake of purported death threats following the botched execution of a death row prisoner. Threatening emails ...
Prison Legal News Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou - Full Interview by   Note: This is the full PLN interview with John Kiriakou; a shorter version was published as our April 2017 cover story, here. John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...
Article • March 27, 2017
Filed under: Death Penalty
The Slow Death of the Death Penalty by Maurice Chammah The public supports it, but the costs are lethal. by Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project Just before sunrise on a spring morning last year, Larry Maples shot and killed his wife, Heather. He had tracked her to the home of a ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Attorneys with Disciplinary Records Part of Flaw in Pennsylvania’s Death Penalty System by David Reutter In February 2015, just a month into his term as Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on capital punishment in the state, calling it “error prone, expensive and anything but infallible.” [See: PLN, Feb. ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Filed under: Medication, Death Penalty
Judge Orders Missouri DOC to Disclose Names of Pharmacies that Supply Execution Drugs; Appellate Court Reverses by Lonnie Burton On March 21, 2016, a circuit court judge in Cole County, Missouri ruled in favor of several news media agencies and ordered the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) to release the ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Death Penalty Opponents File Suit to Thwart California’s Prop. 66 by On November 9, 2016, death penalty opponents led by former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp and former El Dorado County supervisor Ron Briggs filed a lawsuit challenging Proposition 66, which had been approved by voters just a ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Constitutional Amendment Ensures Executions will Continue in Oklahoma by Christopher Zoukis Despite a number of botched executions in recent years – which drew widespread criticism for subjecting condemned prisoners to cruel lethal injection practices – Oklahomans have voted to add a provision to the state constitution enshrining and ensuring the ...
Too Little, Too Late: Prosecutor Remorseful for Sending Innocent Man to Death Row by David Reutter The district attorney who prosecuted Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man exonerated after spending 30 years on death row, called capital punishment “an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society.” That statement ...
Prominent Texas Capital Defense Attorney Suspended for a Year by David Dow has near-legendary status among death penalty attorneys in Texas. He works pro bono for clients whose lives literally depend on him; he takes their cases after they arrive on death row, often seeking to right the wrongs committed ...
Article • November 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Moratorium by David Reutter Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in early 2015; predictably, the move was lauded by opponents of capital punishment and despised by those in favor of the death penalty. State prosecutors petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Missouri Not Required to Disclose Identity of Doctor or Pharmacy Who Provide Drugs for Lethal Injections by Lonnie Burton In an 8-3 decision following an en banc hearing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that the state of Missouri does not have to disclose the names ...
Article • October 14, 2016
Ohio Supreme Court: Inference of Motive Justifies Death by Mark Wilson The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the death sentence of a man who was sentenced to death by a three-judge panel on a mere inference of motive. David Williams, Nicholas Wiskur and Robin Patterson entered into a failed Ohio business ...
Federal Death Penalty Case in Georgia Unravels, Triggering Investigation of Prosecutors by Derek Gilna A rare federal death penalty case in Georgia failed, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and derailed the careers of two federal prosecutors, both of whom are no longer employed by the U.S. Attorney's Office ...
Publication • September 9, 2016
So Long as They Die – Lethal Injections in the United States, HRW, 2006 April 2006 Volume 18, No. 1(G) So Long as They Die Lethal Injections in the United States Summary......................................................................................................................................... 1 Recommendations......................................................................................................................... 7 To State and Federal Corrections Agencies.......................................................................... 7 To State Legislators and the U.S. Congress .......................................................................... ...
Publication • September 9, 2016
Broken Justice: The Death Penalty in Alabama, ACLU, 2005 A n A C LU R e p o r t Broken Justice: The Death Penalty in Alabama Published October 2005 THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION is the nation’s premier guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
Death Penalty Case Reveals Morgue Worker Had Sex with 100 Female Corpses by In another development in the macabre murder, rape and death penalty case of convicted killer David Steffen, a former Hamilton County, Ohio morgue worker admitted to engaging in sex with around 100 female corpses. Kenneth Douglas acknowledged ...
Oklahoma DOC Creates “Dream Team” for Botched Executions with Hires from Arizona by Joe Watson If Oklahoma was hoping to establish a tradition or trend of botched executions, it brought in the right people to carry them out. Just days after overseeing a disturbing execution at Arizona’s Florence prison complex ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
Despite Initial Approval, Belgian Prisoner Denied Euthanasia by Derek Gilna Belgian prisoner Frank Van Den Bleeken, who in 1989 raped and killed Christiane Remacle, a student from Antwerp, was sentenced to life and has spent over 30 years in prison. Most European countries, unlike the United States, have abolished the ...
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