| Sep 8, 2013
| 7:40 PM
Credited with reenergizing and modernizing the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous announced Sunday he will step down from his position at the end of the year.
In a statement, Jealous said he wanted to...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Kirk Bloodsworth celebrated his 20th year of freedom Friday after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in Maryland and sentenced to death.
On Saturday, he joined with activists to mark other anniversaries: 41 years since the U.S. Supreme Court...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 10:53 AM
TALLAHASSEE A-- State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, said Thursday that would not let the state impose the death penalty unless there was DNA evidence linking the accused to the crime.
“Over the past several years there has been a paradigm shift...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 3:09 PM
A North Korean firing squad last week executed a former girlfriend of leader Kim Jong Un and 11 other entertainers for allegedly violating laws banning pornography, a South Korean newspaper reported Thursday.
The report by Chosun Ilbo, an English-...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 3:59 PM
LEBANON, Mo. -- A jury returned multiple guilty verdicts and recommended the death penalty for Jesse Driskill for killing Johnnie and Coleen Wilson in their secluded home near Lebanon in 2010. The Attorney General’s Office, including Attorney...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Where do I begin? The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that the state's mandatory five-year, no parole sentence for gun possession by certain convicted felons cannot stand ("Court voids gun penalty," July 12). As the article noted, "The Court of...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 6:31 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — California has dropped its legal efforts to win approval of a three-drug method of lethal injection and will instead propose single-drug executions, a prisons spokesman said Wednesday.
At the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown, the...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 2:21 PM
The cost to taxpayers of a long-running racial-bias lawsuit by death-row inmates has topped $3.5 million, with more possible before an expected judge's ruling within a few months — and then a possible appeal by whoever loses.
News coverage of the...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Forty people have been shot in Baltimore City, 16 fatally, within the span of 10 days — and summer is just beginning ("Deadly summer," June 30).
Maybe it is just me, but doesn't it seem that the shootings have escalated since the death penalty was...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 6:03 AM
"The Execution of Noa P. Singleton" by Elizabeth L. Silver, Crown, 320 pages, $24.
Noa P. Singleton is on death row in the State Correctional Institution at Muncy, Pa. for the murder of Sarah Dixon.
Oliver Stanstead and Marlene Dixon visit the prison....
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:51 PM
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The standby attorney for the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting told a military judge on Wednesday that Maj. Nidal Hasan appears intent on receiving a death sentence.
Lt. Col. Kris Poppe said he is...