Criminal punishment

FILE - In this May 16, 2001, file photo, the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. A Zen Buddhist priest wants a federal judge to stop the execution of a federal death row inmate he’s been counseling and argues he would be put at high risk for the coronavirus if the execution happens this month. Dale Hartkemeyer goes by the religious name Seigen. He filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Indiana. The 68-year-old wants the court to delay Wesley Ira Purkey’s execution until a coronavirus vaccine is available or there’s a widespread effective treatment. Purkey is one of four federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed in July and August. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
July 02, 2020 - 10:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Zen Buddhist priest, who is a spiritual adviser to one of three federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed this month, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Bureau of Prisons is putting him at risk for the coronavirus by moving forward with executions during a nationwide...
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CORRECTS THE EXECUTION DATE TO JUNE 16, NOT 15 - This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Ruben Gutierrez. Texas was set on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to end its more than four-month delay in executions due to the coronavirus pandemic with the scheduled lethal injection of Gutierrez, a death row inmate condemned for fatally stabbing an 85-year-old woman more than two decades ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
June 16, 2020 - 5:25 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court granted a reprieve Tuesday to a Texas inmate scheduled to die for fatally stabbing an 85-year-old woman more than two decades ago, continuing a more than four-month delay of executions in the nation’s busiest death penalty state during the coronavirus pandemic...
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Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 15, 2020 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has set new dates to begin executing federal death-row inmates following a monthslong legal battle over the plan to resume the executions for the first time since 2003. Attorney General William Barr directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the...
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FILE - This July 7, 2010, file photo shows Nebraska's lethal injection chamber at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs, the state's highest court ruled Friday, May 15, 2020, as it ordered the documents to be disclosed for public scrutiny. (AP Photo/Nate Jenkins, File)
May 15, 2020 - 11:49 am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs, the state's highest court said Friday in a ruling that could threaten Nebraska's ability to carry out executions for the dozen men on its death row...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2008 file photo, paramilitary police offices escort Alaattin Cakici before a trial in Istanbul. A notorious mafia boss has been set free on Thursday, April 16, 2020 as Turkish prisons continue releasing thousands of inmates to ease overcrowding in prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic but the new penal legislation is keeping government critics behind bars due to Turkey’s sweeping terror laws. (AP Photo, File)
April 16, 2020 - 11:16 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — An organized crime boss serving a prison sentence in Turkey was set free Thursday as Turkish authorities continued releasing thousands of inmates to ease overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic while moving to keep government critics behind bars. Far-right mob boss Alaattin...
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This undated photo from the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Nathaniel Woods. Martin Luther King, III, the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as family members of Woods, a condemned Alabama inmate, are asking the governor to to stop his execution. Woods is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Woods and co-defendant Kerry Spencer were convicted of capital murder for the 2004 killings of three Birmingham police officers. Spencer was also sentenced to death for the killings (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)
March 05, 2020 - 10:50 pm
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted as an accomplice in the 2004 killings of three police officers in Alabama who were shot by another man was executed Thursday evening. Inmate Nathaniel Woods, 43, was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. CST Thursday following a lethal injection at the state prison in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, who lost his son Alex in the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., speaks during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with several survivors of mass shooting victims at an office in downtown Denver. Sullivan is opposing a death penalty repeal bill before Colorado lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 26, 2020 - 3:37 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado is set to become the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty after lawmakers on Wednesday approved a repeal bill that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign into law. Passage had been virtually certain with Democrats holding a substantial majority in the House...
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Protesters gather near Riverbend Maximum Security Institution to protest the execution of Nicholas Sutton Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing a fellow inmate. The 58-year-old had already been serving time for murdering his grandmother and two others when he was 18. Sutton chose the electric chair over the state's preferred lethal injection method. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)
February 21, 2020 - 8:52 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee's electric chair Thursday, becoming the state's fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state's preferred method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at the...
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FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)
February 18, 2020 - 6:52 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After more than three decades on death row, Don Johnson weighed the options for his own demise: He could keep a promise to his daughter that he wouldn't die in the electric chair. Or, he could opt for the chair and avoid a method that he had heard might make him feel like he...
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks in front of Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, and Rep. Harold Wright during a news conference announcing plans for Oklahoma to resume executions by lethal injection, at the Office of the Attorney General, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Executions were halted following a botched lethal injection in 2014 that left an inmate writhing on the gurney and drug mix-ups in 2015 in which the wrong lethal drugs were delivered. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP)
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February 13, 2020 - 2:47 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to resume executing death-row inmates, five years after lethal injections were put on hold following a series of death-chamber mishaps, state officials announced Thursday. Gov. Kevin Stitt, Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma Department of Corrections...
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