Criminal punishment

Abigail and Jonathan Dysinger, center, pray during a vigil for Donnie Johnson, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Johnson was executed by lethal injection Thursday for suffocating his wife, Connie Johnson, in a Memphis camping center that he managed in 1984. The vigil was held at Riverside Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where Johnson served as an elder while in prison, even though he was never able to visit the church. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
May 16, 2019 - 11:17 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis prayed and sang hymns as he was put to death Thursday in Tennessee. Don Johnson, 68, was executed via lethal injection inside a maximum-security Nashville prison for the 1984...
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FILE - This photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Michael Brandon Samra. His attorney has asked the governor to halt his Thursday, May 16, 2019 lethal injection while a Kentucky court weighs the appropriateness of the death penalty for people who were under 21 at the time of their crimes. Samra was 19 when he participated in the 1997 slayings in Shelby County of four people, including two children. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)
May 16, 2019 - 12:09 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey refused a reprieve for an inmate set for execution Thursday night for a quadruple killing that occurred after a dispute over a pickup truck, the prisoner's lawyer said. The decision apparently cleared the way for Michael Brandon Samra to be put to death...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2010, file photo, Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, listens to officials at a prison in Sheikhupura near Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistani media say Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters. Wilson Chawdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association told The Associated Press on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, he received a telephone text message from a British diplomat stating simply that “Aasia is out.” (AP Photo, File)
May 08, 2019 - 10:43 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, but who still faced death threats from Islamic extremists upon her release, flew to Canada on Wednesday to join her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said...
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May 05, 2019 - 10:28 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Brunei's sultan says a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an international outcry. The United Nations has called the new laws "draconian" while the U.S. and several...
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FILE - This undated file photo made available by the Georgia Department of Correction shows Scotty Garnell Morrow, who is set to die Thursday, May 2, 2019. When Morrow killed his ex-girlfriend and her friend nearly 25 years ago, his actions were spontaneous and emotionally fueled and shouldn't be punished by death, his lawyers argue. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and on Tuesday released a declassified clemency application submitted by Morrow's lawyers. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 10:50 pm
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago was executed Thursday evening in Georgia. Scotty Garnell Morrow's approximate time of death was 9:38 p.m., Warden Benjamin Ford told witnesses at the state prison in Jackson. Morrow, 52, was...
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FILE - This undated file photo made available by the Georgia Department of Correction shows Scotty Garnell Morrow, who is set to die Thursday, May 2, 2019. When Morrow killed his ex-girlfriend and her friend nearly 25 years ago, his actions were spontaneous and emotionally fueled and shouldn't be punished by death, his lawyers argue. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and on Tuesday released a declassified clemency application submitted by Morrow's lawyers. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 9:59 pm
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia man who killed two women nearly 25 years ago (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Georgia has executed a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago. The Georgia attorney general's office said in a...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John William King. The white supremacist on Texas death row who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history faces execution for the infamous dragging death nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas. King is scheduled to receive lethal injection Wednesday evening, April 24, 2019. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
April 25, 2019 - 12:33 am
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. John William King, who was white, received a lethal injection for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr...
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April 23, 2019 - 5:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for a group of death row inmates challenging Arkansas' use of a sedative in executions told a federal judge Tuesday that the state's lethal injection process with the drug causes condemned inmates to feel as though they're being lit on fire. An attorney for the...
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In this April 19, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg answers questions from employees during a campaign stop at a dairy company in Londonderry, N.H. Buttigieg’s presidential campaign has attention and money. Now he has to convert that into a sustainable operation that can keep him in the race well into next year. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 23, 2019 - 4:24 am
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): Midnight South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says President Donald Trump has "made it pretty clear that he deserves impeachment," but he will "...
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FILE--In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to reporters at Trump Tower, in New York. A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates in Arkansas has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before its batch expired. Rutledge says the inmates in the case have a very high burden to meet and cites a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month against a Missouri death row inmate. Arkansas recently expanded the secrecy surrounding its lethal injection drug sources, and the case heading to trial Tuesday, April 23, 2019 could impact its efforts to restart executions that had been on hold due to supply. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 20, 2019 - 12:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of...
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