CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

OLYMPIA, Wash. | Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment. Execution was already extremely rare in Washington, with five prisoners put to death in recent decades and a governor-imposed moratorium blocking its use since 2014. But … Continue reading OLYMPIA, Wash. | Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court could limit execution of people with dementia

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court appears willing to extend protection from capital punishment to people with dementia who can’t recall their crime or understand the circumstances of their execution. The justices heard arguments on Tuesday in the case of Alabama death row inmate Vernon Madison. He killed a police officer in 1985, but has suffered strokes … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Supreme Court could limit execution of people with dementia

LINCOLN, Neb | Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

LINCOLN, Neb — Three years after Nebraska lawmakers voted to abolish capital punishment, the state is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday in a bewildering about-face driven largely by the state’s Republican governor. Gov. Pete Ricketts, a wealthy former businessman, helped finance a ballot drive to reinstate capital punishment after … Continue reading LINCOLN, Neb | Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

LAS VEGAS | Nevada death-row inmate: ‘Just get it done’

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada death-row inmate whose execution has been postponed twice said a legal fight over his fate is taking a tortuous toll on him and his family and he just wants his sentence carried out. The state should “just get it done, just do it effectively and stop fighting about it,” Scott … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Nevada death-row inmate: ‘Just get it done’

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT PONTIFF IS SAYING ABOUT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Pope Francis changes the church’s teaching on death penalty, says it is always inadmissible because it “attacks” human dignity. 2. DONOR TO CLINTON, TRUMP HELPED ‘HIGH-RISK’ MERCHANTS Records obtained by … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today