1197 ABA Journal Death Penalty articles.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the sentence of the state’s longest-serving death row inmate.
Apr 16, 2021 10:28 AM CDT
A judge in Birmingham, Alabama, has been suspended with pay after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission alleged that she showed an apparent predisposition against the death penalty, ignored appellate directives, and showed a lack of appropriate demeanor to prosecutors.
Apr 13, 2021 11:47 AM CDT
A former death row inmate in Florida told reporters Thursday that he thanked God and his legal team for his release from prison.
Apr 9, 2021 12:43 PM CDT
For ABA member Kelley Henry, advocating for people on death row isn’t just a job. She wants to help fix what she sees as a broken system, and she loves the Constitution. “I see myself as someone who is defending the Sixth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, the 14th Amendment, because if you say it’s OK to violate those rights because you just don’t like my guys, then your rights are next,” she says. “There are ways in which lawyers are part of that system of checks and balances. We’re a check on the government’s power.”
Apr 1, 2021 12:40 AM CDT
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the murder conviction of a Tennessee death-row inmate accused of killing a motel maid, ruling that a federal appeals court had relied on a “fanciful theory” to grant him a new trial.
Mar 29, 2021 12:36 PM CDT
President Joe Biden promised criminal justice reforms but has had to balance competing interests between progressives and moderates as he finalizes his Cabinet.
Mar 29, 2021 10:18 AM CDT
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill ending the death penalty Wednesday, making Virginia the 23rd state to eliminate capital punishment and the first Southern state to do so.
Mar 25, 2021 2:28 PM CDT
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether a federal appeals court erred when it vacated the death penalty for convicted Boston bomber
Mar 22, 2021 12:19 PM CDT
The Biden administration’s Department of Justice has changed positions in at least five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, putting it on track to outpace reversals during the first full Supreme Court term under former President Donald Trump.
Mar 18, 2021 11:04 AM CDT
Lawmaker says he’s ‘Christian, not an attorney’
A Florida lawmaker says he was just joking when he said told a Jewish colleague that he was a “Christian, not an attorney.”…
Mar 11, 2021 4:50 PM CST
Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit pledged Monday to remain independent and restore integrity to the U.S. Department of Justice if he is confirmed as the next U.S. attorney general.
Feb 22, 2021 3:35 PM CST
Executioners who put 13 federal inmates to death during the Trump administration described tranquil last moments in which inmates appeared to be sleeping.
Feb 19, 2021 12:20 PM CST
Lawmakers expressed concerns about the U.S. Supreme Court’s shadow docket of emergency opinions during a hearing Thursday by a House judiciary subcommittee.
Feb 19, 2021 9:38 AM CST
11 former death-row inmates are added to group’s innocence list
The Death Penalty Information Center has added 11 former inmates to its list of people who were exonerated after an…
Feb 18, 2021 4:36 PM CST
In Let The Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty, Maurice Chammah shares how Texas became the country’s capital punishment capital.
Feb 17, 2021 9:34 AM CST
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