Tag: Capital Punishment

A Question of Life and Death Looms for Amy Coney Barrett

After two decades on death row, Ruben Gutierrez’s time nearly came this summer. A little over an hour before he was due to be killed in the execution chamber housed in Texas’ Huntsville Unit, a reprieve arrived from an unlikely source: Justice Samuel Alito. For years, Mr. Gutierrez has maintained that he did not murder […]

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U.S. Schedules First Execution of a Woman in Nearly 70 Years

A date has been set for the execution of a Kansas woman who was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her abdomen in what would be the first federal execution of a woman in nearly 70 years, officials said on Friday. The inmate, Lisa Montgomery of Melvern, Kan., was convicted […]

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What You Need to Know About Amy Coney Barrett’s Views

WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, has compiled an almost uniformly conservative voting record in cases touching on abortion, gun rights, discrimination and immigration. If she is confirmed, she would move the court slightly but firmly to the right, making compromise less likely and putting at risk the […]

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Questions for Amy Coney Barrett

If I were a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, here are the questions I would ask Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, at her confirmation hearing scheduled to begin next week. I have grouped them into five categories. Judicial Philosophy Judge Barrett, in your remarks in the Rose Garden after the […]

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U.S. Plans to Execute Inmate Who Murdered Two Youth Ministers

A former Texas man convicted of murdering two youth ministers in 1999 was scheduled to become on Thursday the seventh federal inmate and the first Black man executed since Attorney General William P. Barr announced the resumption of federal executions last year. The inmate, Christopher Andre Vialva, 40, was convicted in 2000 of carjacking and […]

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British Give U.S. Evidence Against ISIS ‘Beatles,’ Clearing Way for Trial

WASHINGTON — The British government has transferred evidence to the United States against two notorious Islamic State detainees from Britain accused of playing a role in the torture and beheadings of Western hostages, apparently clearing the way for putting them on trial. The transfer followed a ruling by the United Kingdom High Court on Tuesday […]

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As a Wrestler Faces Execution in Iran, World Sports Groups Galvanize

An Iranian wrestler accused of murder after taking part in anti-government protests two years ago may be executed soon, international sports groups fear as they intensify a last-ditch campaign for clemency. “We really are at one minute to midnight,” Brendan Schwab, executive director of the World Players Association, which represents 85,000 professional athletes, said Tuesday. […]

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Justice Dept. Executes Lezmond Mitchell, a Native American Man Convicted of Murder

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed the only Native American man on federal death row Wednesday, against the wishes of Navajo leaders and hundreds of Native American citizens who called for President Trump to spare his life. Lezmond Mitchell, 38, was put to death by lethal injection at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute. Ind. He […]

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Justice Dept. Is Set to Execute Native American Prisoner

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department intends on Wednesday to execute the only Native American man on federal death row, despite urgent pleas from more than a dozen tribes to respect Navajo culture and spare his life. The inmate, Lezmond Mitchell, 38, faces the death penalty for his part in the 2001 murder of a Navajo […]

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Scott Peterson’s Death Sentence Is Overturned

The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned the death penalty for Scott Peterson, who was found guilty in 2004 of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, in a notorious case that became fodder for the tabloids and cable news and spawned at least one made-for-TV movie. The court upheld Mr. Peterson’s conviction, but it said that […]

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Lezmond Mitchell’s Death Sentence Is an Affront to Navajo Sovereignty

On Aug. 26, the federal government plans to execute Lezmond Mitchell, 38, the only American Indian under a federal death sentence. This a profound insult to Navajo sovereignty. I am a leader of the Navajo Nation, and along with its president, vice president and legislative branch, I call on President Trump to commute his sentence […]

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A Vast Racial Gap in Death Penalty Cases, New Study Finds

WASHINGTON — Black lives do not matter nearly as much as white ones when it comes to the death penalty, a new study has found. Building on data at the heart of a landmark 1987 Supreme Court decision, the study concluded that defendants convicted of killing white victims were executed at a rate 17 times […]

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The Federal Death Penalty Can Be Administered Fairly

This month, for the first time in 17 years, the United States resumed carrying out death sentences for federal crimes. On July 14, Daniel Lewis Lee was executed for the 1996 murder of a family, including an 8-year-old girl, by suffocating and drowning them in the Illinois Bayou after robbing them to fund a white-supremacist […]

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The Justice Department’s Shameful Rush to Federal Executions

Early on Tuesday morning, while much of the country was still asleep, the federal government executed its first death-row prisoner in 17 years. We are among the lawyers who represented the prisoner who was killed, Daniel Lee. Make no mistake: The circumstances of Mr. Lee’s execution are a vivid illustration of the serious problems with […]

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For Third Time This Week, the Federal Government Carries Out an Execution

WASHINGTON — A 52-year-old man was put to death on Friday for the 1993 murders of five people, the third federal execution this week after a 17-year hiatus of federal capital punishment. The execution of Dustin Lee Honken proceeded without any last-minute delays, unlike those of the two other federal inmates who had been put […]

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Dustin Honken Executed: Third Federal Government Execution This Week

WASHINGTON — A 52-year-old man was put to death on Friday for the 1993 murders of five people, the third federal execution this week after a 17-year hiatus of federal capital punishment. The execution of Dustin Lee Honken proceeded without any last-minute delays, unlike those of the two other federal inmates who had been put […]

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Government Executes Wesley Ira Purkey, Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed a 68-year-old man on Thursday for the gruesome murder in 1998 of a teenage girl, the second time this week the federal government has carried out capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., by lethal […]

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Government Executes Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department executed a 68-year-old man on Thursday for the gruesome murder in 1998 of a teenage girl, the second time this week the federal government has carried out capital punishment after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., by lethal […]

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Daniel Lewis Lee Executed: Government Carries Out First in 17 Years

WASHINGTON — Hours after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute legal-challenge on a 5-4 vote, the Justice Department put a 47-year-old man to death for his role in the 1996 murder of a family of three, the first federal execution in more than 17 years. The death row prisoner, Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, a former […]

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Judge Moves to Delay Federal Execution Scheduled for Monday

WASHINGTON — Hours before the Justice Department was scheduled to carry out the first federal execution in more than 17 years, a federal judge put it on hold on Monday, saying that questions about the constitutionality of the lethal injection procedure the government planned to use had not been fully litigated. The Justice Department immediately […]

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Court Clears Way for First Federal Execution in 17 Years to Proceed

WASHINGTON — The first federal inmate in 17 years is set to be put to death on Monday, barring a last-minute stay, after a federal appeals court ruled on Sunday that the Justice Department could carry out the execution as planned. Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, was sentenced to death decades ago for his part in […]

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