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2014-07-09 12:28:50

- Exclusive ID FILM Examines the Case of Florida Death-Row Inmate Tommy Zeigler, Who Has Been on Death Row for 38 Years, in A QUESTION OF INNOCENCE Premiering on Friday, July 11 at 10/9c - BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today the premiere of the exclusive documentary film A QUESTION OF INNONCENCE, a very timely look at the balance on our scales of justice - and, specifically, the state of the death penalty in the United...

2010-11-16 11:56:00

Unfairness, high costs, victims' needs, and innocence are important to voters' thinking about the death penalty WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Death Penalty Information Center today released the results of one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of Americans' views on the death penalty. A national poll of 1,500 registered voters conducted by Lake Research Partners shows growing support for alternatives to the death penalty compared with previous...

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2007-06-10 21:00:03

By ROBERT TANNER Anti-death penalty forces have gained momentum in the past few years, with a moratorium in Illinois, court disputes over lethal injection in more than a half-dozen states and progress toward outright abolishment in New Jersey. The steady drumbeat of DNA exonerations - pointing out flaws in the justice system - has weighed against capital punishment. The moral opposition is loud, too, echoed in Europe and the rest of the industrialized world, where all but a few countries...

2006-07-28 19:31:13

Corrects to New York Law School from New York University of Law School in paragraph eight By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - As the mother of a convicted murderer, Linda Taylor feels the nationwide debate over the death penalty in both her conscience and her heart. Less than six months ago, the Kansas City grandmother sat outside a prison cell and said good-bye to her 39-year-old son Michael, prepared to see him put to death with a dose of lethal drugs in Missouri's...

2006-07-27 07:23:14

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - As the mother of a convicted murderer, Linda Taylor feels the nationwide debate over the death penalty in both her conscience and her heart. Less than six months ago, the Kansas City grandmother sat outside a prison cell and said good-bye to her 39-year-old son Michael, prepared to see him put to death with a dose of lethal drugs in Missouri's execution chamber. "That was the worst time in our family's life. Waiting, praying," said...

2006-07-27 07:20:00

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- As the mother of a convicted murderer, Linda Taylor feels the nationwide debate over the death penalty in both her conscience and her heart. Less than six months ago, the Kansas City grandmother sat outside a prison cell and said good-bye to her 39-year-old son Michael, prepared to see him put to death with a dose of lethal drugs in Missouri's execution chamber. "That was the worst time in our family's life. Waiting, praying," said Taylor. "The crime...

2006-07-20 23:48:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A convicted murderer was executed in the electric chair in Virginia on Thursday night becoming the first person in the United States to be put to death by electrocution in more than two years. Brandon Wayne Hedrick, 27, was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Lisa Crider, 23, near Lynchburg, Virginia, in May 1998. "Death was pronounced at 9:12 (EST/00:12 GMT). There were no complications," said Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry...

2006-06-26 19:56:37

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A judge on Monday ordered all executions put on hold in Missouri after a condemned man challenged lethal injection as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's protection against undue pain and suffering. U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. said the execution process as carried out in Missouri was not consistent and "subject to change (in protocol) at a moment's notice." The appeal against lethal injection was brought by lawyers working for Michael Taylor, a...

2006-06-12 12:27:07

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that death row inmates can challenge the lethal injection method of execution and can get new hearings when DNA or other evidence later casts doubt on their guilt. In a pair of important rulings, the high court kept alive a Florida death row inmate's challenge to the state's three-chemical cocktail and said a Tennessee death row inmate may proceed with his innocence claims, based on new evidence. The...


Latest Capital punishment in the United States Reference Libraries

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2010-10-26 18:09:56

Execution by electrocution, started in the United States, is an execution method in which the person being killed is strapped to a specially built wooden chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the body. Although its use is in decline the electric chair has become a symbol of the death penalty even though it was only used in the United States and briefly in the Philippines. The goal of the chair was to incapacitate the organs of the body in order to cause death. This was done...

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