Death penalty controversy

FILE - This file photo provided by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services shows death-row inmate Carey Dean Moore. A federal judge is set to decide Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, whether Nebraska can proceed with the state's first execution since 1997 and its first-ever lethal injection. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf is expected to issue the ruling in a lawsuit by a German pharmaceutical company that alleges state officials improperly obtained the company's drugs for Moore’s execution which is set for Tuesday morning Aug. 14. He was condemned for the 1979 murders of two Omaha cab drivers. (Nebraska Department of Correctional Services via AP, File)
August 10, 2018 - 3:52 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge gave Nebraska the go-ahead on Friday to proceed with the state's first-ever lethal injection next week despite a pharmaceutical company's lawsuit that claims the state illicitly obtained its drugs. U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf denied the company's request to...
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This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Billy Ray Irick, currently on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Irick was convicted for raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in 1985, and is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 10:56 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 31, 2018, Pope Francis prays during an audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican. The Vatican said Thursday Aug. 2, 2018, that Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying it can never be sanctioned because it "attacks" the inherent dignity of all humans. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, FILE)
August 02, 2018 - 5:34 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances and the Catholic Church should campaign to abolish it, a change in church teaching that could influence Catholic politicians and judges in the U.S. and across the globe. The change,...
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