- Cuomo revises plan to keep youths out of NY's adult prisons Updated: Feb-12-16 4:56 pm
ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revised his proposal for keeping juveniles out of New York's adult prisons and jails.
- Fallin's general counsel resigns amid execution inquiry Updated: Feb-11-16 9:11 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The general counsel for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin resigned Thursday amid a grand jury investigation into how the wrong drug was delivered for the state's last two scheduled executions.
- Lawmakers reject plan to make death penalty easier to give Updated: Feb-10-16 6:40 pm
DENVER - A bill that would make it easier for Colorado juries to give the death penalty failed Wednesday when a Republican senator joined Democrats in saying that unanimous verdicts for capital punishment should stay a requirement.
- Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions Updated: Feb-10-16 6:37 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law.
- Lawmaker wants to abolish death penalty in conservative Utah Updated: Feb-10-16 5:34 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Republican lawmaker wants Utah to join 19 states and the District of Columbia in abolishing the death penalty, but supporters acknowledge that it's a long shot in the conservative state.
- Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions Updated: Feb-10-16 3:17 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A bill that would allow Virginia prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal-injection drugs are unavailable sailed through the state's Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Wednesday.
- Romania upholds sentence for communist-era prison commander Updated: Feb-10-16 12:21 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania - A Romanian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a 20-year prison sentence for a 90-year-old communist-era prison guard convicted of crimes against humanity, the most high-profile case against former communist authorities since dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was tried and executed in 1989.
- Bill makes Ohio requirement of presentence report optional Updated: Feb-10-16 3:31 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Senate lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at saving money and the amount of time some inmates spend in jail before sentencing.
- Killer at Dallas-area Subway store holdup set to die in May Updated: Feb-09-16 3:35 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A 42-year-old man sent to death row for a fatal shooting during a Dallas-area sandwich shop robbery in 2002 has received an execution date.
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent Oklahoma editorials Updated: Feb-09-16 9:15 am
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
- GOP to defendants: Don't spit on the prosecutor Updated: Feb-07-16 12:06 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg was delivering his closing argument in the prosecution of a man accused of spitting on prison guards when he heard a crumpling noise behind him. Moments later, a wad of paper hit his shoulder - filled with the inmate's saliva.
- Arkansas asks for oral arguments on execution challenge Updated: Feb-05-16 6:06 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Attorneys for the Arkansas attorney general's office has asked the state Supreme Court to hold oral arguments in the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling not to dismiss a constitutional challenge to an execution secrecy law.
- Condemned killer of Corpus Christi store clerk loses appeal Updated: Feb-04-16 1:53 pm
HOUSTON - A 31-year-old Corpus Christi man on death row for killing a convenience store clerk during a $1.25 robbery in 2004 has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.
- Panel defeats bill banning use of 'secret' execution drugs Updated: Feb-04-16 12:42 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don't reveal the source of the drugs.
- Kansas Senate approves bill to lessen marijuana penalties Updated: Feb-03-16 7:15 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas would decrease penalties for first and second-time marijuana possession under a bill overwhelmingly approved Wednesday by the state Senate, though pot users still could face stiff fines and time in a county jail.
- After execution, Georgia already planning for the next one Updated: Feb-03-16 5:00 pm
JACKSON, Georgia - After carrying out the execution of its oldest death row inmate this week, Georgia is already preparing for the next lethal injection.
- Texan who faced execution in neighbor's death gets life term Updated: Feb-03-16 3:30 pm
BRYAN, Texas - A Bryan man condemned for the 2007 killing of a neighbor but whose death penalty was overturned must serve life in prison without parole.
- The Latest: Oldest death row inmate in Georgia executed Updated: Feb-03-16 1:07 am
ATLANTA - The Latest on the execution of Georgia's oldest death row inmate (all times local):
- Utah bill could allow executions of human traffickers Updated: Feb-02-16 6:57 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A proposal approved by a panel of Utah lawmakers Tuesday could allow the state to execute someone convicted of human trafficking if the victim later dies because of the crime.
- Florida delays execution as state works on new system Updated: Feb-02-16 5:57 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida's highest court has delayed the execution of a condemned inmate, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court found flaws in the way the state sentences people to death.
- The Latest: Florida high court delays inmate's execution Updated: Feb-02-16 4:47 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Latest on a Florida death row inmate who is scheduled to die Feb. 11 (all times local):
- Georgia set to execute former Navy sailor later this month Updated: Feb-02-16 2:23 pm
ATLANTA - A former Navy crewman convicted of killing a fellow sailor in Georgia is scheduled to be executed later this month, state corrections officials said Tuesday.
- The Latest: Parole board denies clemency for Georgia inmate Updated: Feb-01-16 7:59 pm
ATLANTA - The Latest on legal challenges filed by a Georgia death row inmate who's scheduled to die this week. All times local:
- Texas executes man for fatally shooting game warden Updated: Jan-27-16 8:34 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas man was executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting a game warden nine years ago during a shootout after a 90-minute chase that began when he was suspected of poaching.
- The Latest: Texas executes man who fatally shot game warden Updated: Jan-27-16 8:24 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Latest on the execution of James Freeman for the slaying of a Texas game warden (all times local):