- Accomplice of California 'Freeway Killer' slain in prison Updated: May-26-16 7:02 pm
IONE, California - An accomplice of a man convicted decades ago of killing 14 young men and boys then dumping their naked bodies along Southern California freeways has been killed in prison, officials said Thursday.
- Florida editorial roundup Updated: May-25-16 2:04 pm
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- Harris County death row inmate loses state court appeal Updated: May-25-16 12:11 pm
HOUSTON - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected an appeal from a man on death row for the fatal stabbing 25 years ago of a Houston-area man whose body was found inscribed with a swastika and initials of a skinhead group.
- Indonesia to punish child rapists with chemical castration Updated: May-25-16 11:22 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo issued a regulation Wednesday that provides tougher penalties for child rapists, including chemical castration and the death penalty.
- Convicted killer in 1996 Kerrville slaying set to die Updated: May-23-16 4:27 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A convicted killer on death row for a January 1996 fatal robbery in the Texas Hill Country is set to die later this summer.
- Singapore executes Malaysian convict hours after last appeal Updated: May-20-16 6:43 am
SINGAPORE - A Malaysian man convicted of murder in Singapore was executed Friday hours after the city-state's highest court rejected a last-minute appeal, police said.
- Grand jury: Lawyer backed use of wrong drug in execution try Updated: May-19-16 8:09 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The top lawyer for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin urged prison officials to go forward with a planned execution even though they received the wrong drug, telling a deputy attorney general to "Google it" to confirm it could be used, a grand jury said in a report Thursday.
- Signatures submitted for pro-death penalty ballot measure Updated: May-19-16 7:48 pm
SAN DIEGO - A campaign for a ballot initiative to speed executions for inmates on death row in California submitted signatures Thursday to appear on an increasingly crowded ballot that is expected to include an opposing measure to repeal capital punishment.
- The Latest: Governor confident Oklahoma can execute inmates Updated: May-19-16 6:59 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Latest on a grand jury investigation of Oklahoma's execution procedures (all times local):
- Arkansas seeks to resume executions as drug expiration nears Updated: May-19-16 5:05 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A lawyer for Arkansas' prison system asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to allow eight executions to proceed, telling justices that questions about one of the state's execution drugs have been adequately addressed by judges elsewhere in the U.S.
- Ruling keeps in play a temporary ban on Arizona executions Updated: May-18-16 9:53 pm
PHOENIX - A ruling by a federal judge keeps in play a temporary ban on executions in Arizona.
- Kansas man convicted of killing 4 gets death sentence Updated: May-18-16 3:02 pm
OTTAWA, Kansas - A judge sentenced a man to death on Wednesday for the killing of two men, a woman and her 18-month-old daughter on an eastern Kansas farm three years ago.
- Nevada building new execution chamber despite drug cutoff Updated: May-17-16 3:23 pm
LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Department of Corrections says it will move forward with construction of a new execution chamber despite a shortage of lethal injection drugs.
- Correction: Execution Drugs-Pfizer story Updated: May-14-16 1:25 pm
In a story May 13 about a pharmaceutical company's refusal to sell states drugs used in lethal injections, The Associated Press erroneously spelled the last name of the director for Reprieve, a civil rights group opposed to the death penalty. Her name is Maya Foa, not Maya Foia.
- New Kansas laws deal with pot penalties, abortion, tanning Updated: May-13-16 8:07 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is lessening some of its penalties for marijuana possession, specifically prohibiting nurse midwives from performing abortions and strengthening its gun rights laws.
- US Supreme Court maintains execution stay for Alabama inmate Updated: May-12-16 10:12 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the execution of an Alabama inmate so a lower court can review claims that strokes and dementia have rendered him incompetent to understand his looming death sentence.
- The Latest: Stay of execution maintained for Alabama inmate Updated: May-12-16 9:37 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Latest on the execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local):
- Missouri man put to death for killing deputy, 2 others Updated: May-11-16 11:14 pm
BONNE TERRE, Missouri - A man who killed two people in a drug dispute and a sheriff's deputy in a subsequent shootout was put to death Wednesday in what could be Missouri's last execution for some time.
- Latest: Missouri man executed for killing deputy, 2 others Updated: May-11-16 9:04 pm
BONNE TERRE, Missouri - The Latest on the Missouri execution of a man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy and two other people in 2002 (all times local):
- Appeals court questions secrecy of Texas execution drug Updated: May-11-16 4:55 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - An appeals court panel considering whether Texas must divulge the source of its execution drugs questioned Wednesday whether keeping the information secret could cripple the Texas Public Information Act.
- Recent Missouri Editorials Updated: May-10-16 5:58 pm
The Kansas City Star, May 10
- At what age an adult? Many in Louisiana say 17 is too young Updated: May-07-16 11:42 am
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - At 17, Devin Harris is not old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes. But when he was accused of trying to use someone else's credit card to buy cigarettes, he swiftly realized that - at least when it comes to the criminal justice system - the state of Louisiana considers him to be an adult.
- Michigan Senate proposes plan to cut recidivism, save money Updated: May-03-16 11:10 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Supporters of newly introduced criminal justice bills in the Michigan Senate say they are designed to keep prisoners from reoffending, ultimately saving taxpayers money on incarceration costs.
- Florida's high court urged to throw out death sentences Updated: May-03-16 1:18 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - With the fate of hundreds of Florida death row inmates in limbo, a group of former top judges and legal officials called on the state Supreme Court to impose life sentences on nearly 400 people now awaiting execution.
- 16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic Updated: Apr-29-16 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."