- Campaign seeks to put Nebraska's death penalty on the ballot Updated: Jun-01-15 6:04 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Death penalty supporters on Monday announced a campaign to ask voters to reinstate capital punishment in Nebraska after lawmakers voted to abolish it.
- Nigeria torture victim to be free after decade on death row Updated: Jun-01-15 10:16 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - A man condemned to hang when he was 16 because of confessions extracted under torture has been pardoned after 10 years on death row, Nigerian and international human rights activists said Monday.
- What's up with Nebraska? State shows independent streak Updated: May-31-15 1:37 pm
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- Oklahoma voters to decide death penalty, farming questions Updated: May-30-15 12:34 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma voters will have an opportunity to weigh in on at least two issues during the 2016 next general election - whether the death penalty and if the right of citizens to farm and ranch should be enshrined in the state constitution.
- Governor: Nebraska to proceed with executions of 10 inmates Updated: May-29-15 8:38 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts says lawmakers' repeal of the death penalty won't stop his administration from proceeding with executions of 10 people already sentenced to death.
- Nebraska lawmakers conclude historic 2015 session Updated: May-29-15 8:27 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers concluded a historic 2015 session Friday marked by high-profile votes to raise the gas tax, allow driver's licenses for certain immigrant youths brought to the country illegally and abolish the death penalty.
- Nebraska death penalty backers consider challenges to repeal Updated: May-28-15 6:27 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Death penalty supporters are looking to challenge the Nebraska Legislature's landmark repeal vote.
- Finland's new justice minister supportive of death penalty Updated: May-28-15 12:07 pm
HELSINKI - Finland's incoming justice minister from the populist Finns Party says he approves of the death penalty in "some circumstances."
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- Police: Ex-death row inmate Cooper dead of apparent suicide Updated: May-26-15 4:30 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana woman who was once the nation's youngest person on death row but whose sentence was eventually commuted to a prison term was found dead in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
- Man convicted in 1985 cult killings dies in Nebraska prison Updated: May-25-15 1:41 pm
TECUMSEH, Nebraska - A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison, officials said Monday.
- Death penalty foes see Nebraska vote as momentum-builder Updated: May-24-15 9:59 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - With Nebraska on the brink of outlawing the death penalty, opponents of capital punishment hope this week's veto-override vote in the Legislature will build momentum for their cause in other Republican states.
- Nevada lawmakers approve money for execution chamber in Ely Updated: May-20-15 3:57 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers on Wednesday approved spending about $860,000 on a new execution chamber at the remote Ely State Prison, the maximum security facility in eastern Nevada where the state's death row inmates are held.
- Jury silent after sentencing Boston marathon bomber to death Updated: May-20-15 2:29 pm
BOSTON - The jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are lying low after months of being center stage in one of the most closely watched terror trials in the post-9/11 era.
- Condemned Mississippi inmate wants mental health hearing Updated: May-19-15 2:56 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Attorneys for a Mississippi death row inmate are asking the state Supreme Court to order a hearing on his mental health as a possible step toward overturning his conviction.
- Poland makes payout to alleged victims of CIA renditions Updated: May-15-15 11:49 am
WARSAW, Poland - Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country - prompting outrage among many here who feel they are being punished for American wrongdoing.
- Texas obtains new supply of pentobarbital for execution use Updated: May-14-15 6:01 pm
HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has purchased a new supply of drugs that will allow the prison agency to at least carry out two executions scheduled for June, officials said Thursday.
- Ohio bill would bar execution of the seriously mentally ill Updated: May-13-15 5:46 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio proposal would ban the execution of killers who had a serious mental illness at the time they committed the offense.
- Death penalty repeal bill fails to clear House committee Updated: May-13-15 3:39 pm
A bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty failed to clear a House committee Wednesday after winning narrow passage in the Senate, the same fate suffered by similar legislation two years ago.
- Texas Senate OKs keeping execution drug suppliers secret Updated: May-11-15 8:43 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The identity of Texas' lethal drug supplier would remain confidential under a measure the Republican-controlled state Senate gave initial approval to Monday - a move that rebuffs calls to lift the secrecy over execution drugs in the nation's busiest death chamber.
- US defends record before top UN human rights body Updated: May-11-15 9:01 am
BERLIN - The United States heard widespread concern Monday over excessive use of force by law-enforcement officials against minorities as it faced the U.N.'s main human rights body for a review of its record.
- What's next in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Updated: May-08-15 12:11 pm
BOSTON - The trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is winding down after months of testimony about the deadly 2013 attack. Jurors have seen gruesome autopsy photos of the three people killed in the bombings and heard tearful stories from survivors. They've also listened to teachers and family members describe Tsarnaev as a kind, caring child who grew up in a dysfunctional family. Soon, the jury will begin deliberating his punishment: life in prison or the death penalty. Here's what's next in the trial:
- Prominent Iranian human rights activist is detained Updated: May-06-15 11:29 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - One of Iran's most prominent human rights activists, Narges Mohammadi, has been arrested by state security forces and detained in Tehran's Evin Prison, her husband said Wednesday.