Criminal punishment

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, April Alley, front, daughter of Sedley Alley, hugs a member of her legal counsel in a Memphis, Tenn., courtroom. Since the early 1990s, 22 death row inmates around the U.S. have been exonerated through DNA evidence. Now the Innocence Project hopes to exonerate Sedley Alley, a Tennessee man who has already been executed. Alley was put to death by lethal injection in 2006 for the murder two decades earlier of Marine Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins. Alley said his confession was coerced. A judge is expected to rule Monday, Nov. 18 on whether DNA evidence can be tested. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian via AP, File)
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November 18, 2019 - 3:56 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have legal standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of the claims. April Alley is the daughter of Sedley...
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Rodrick Reed leads a chant during a protest against the execution of Rodney Reed on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Bastrop, Texas. Reed is scheduled to be executed Nov. 20, but a growing number of politicians and celebrities have joined calls to further examine Reed's case before his execution proceeds. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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November 15, 2019 - 7:19 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just...
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This undated file photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie in custody. Cromartie is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening, Nov. 13, 2019, at the state prison in Jackson, Ga. He was convicted of malice murder and sentenced to death for April 1994’s slaying of Richard Slysz at a Thomasville, Ga., convenience store. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP, File)
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November 13, 2019 - 9:03 pm
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia correctional authorities were set to execute a man Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk 25 years ago. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was scheduled to receive a lethal injection after 7 p.m. but that hour passed with no immediate response...
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November 11, 2019 - 6:17 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah death-row inmate who died in prison (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Author Jon Krakauer says he's grateful that a Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler has died of natural causes and won't be executed by firing squad in what...
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FILE - This August 2019 file photo released by the Utah Department of Corrections shows Ron Lafferty. Utah prison officials say Lafferty, a death-row inmate whose double-murder case was featured in the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" and who was nearing an execution by firing squad, has died of natural causes. Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said in a statement Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, that 78-year-old Lafferty died at the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper. (Utah Department of Corrections via AP, File)
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November 11, 2019 - 5:19 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler in 1984 because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Ron Lafferty, 78, died at the state...
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Supporters rally to stop the execution of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed outside the governor’s mansion in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life, after a victims' family asked him to do so. (AP Photo/Paul Weber)
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November 09, 2019 - 9:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, death row inmate Rodney Reed waves to his family in the Bastrop County District Court in Bastrop, Texas. Supporters for Reed, who's facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit, are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities and the European Union. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
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November 07, 2019 - 6:14 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Texas death row inmate who is facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities...
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In this Dec. 31, 2017 photo provided by the South Dakota Department of Corrections is Charles Rhines at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. South Dakota Circuit Judge Jon Sogn has denied Rhines' request to delay his execution next week over the drug to be used. Rhines had argued that pentobarbital does not act quickly enough to comply with state law. Rhines, is scheduled to be executed in November 2019 in South Dakota for a 1992 fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer while burglarizing a doughnut shop. (South Dakota Department of Corrections via AP)
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November 02, 2019 - 9:53 am
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Donnivan Schaeffer was delivering supplies to the South Dakota doughnut shop where he worked when a former co-worker who was in the middle of burglarizing the place ambushed the 22-year-old, stabbing him in the stomach. Bleeding from his wound, Schaeffer begged to be taken...
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In this undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie is in custody. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, that 52-year-old Cromartie is scheduled to die Oct. 30. Cromartie was convicted in the April 1994 slaying of Richard Slysz at a convenience store in Thomasville, just north of the Florida border. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
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October 30, 2019 - 12:50 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was set to be put to death Wednesday, the state's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the scheduled execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at 7 p...
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FILE - This Nov. 4, 2015, file photo, provided by the Ohio House of Representatives, shows Ohio state Rep. Niraj Antani, a Republican who represents Ohio's 42nd District. Conservatives in states including Wyoming, Utah and Ohio vowed Monday to keep pushing for state-level death-penalty repeal even as U.S. officials move toward resuming federal executions. "Even the chance of someone being put to death who could be innocent, I believe, for pro-life people across the country, is enough to oppose the death penalty," said Rep. Antani, of Miamisburg, Ohio. (Mike Elicson/Ohio House of Representatives via AP, File)
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October 28, 2019 - 8:16 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Conservatives in states including Wyoming, Utah and Ohio vowed Monday to keep pushing for the repeal of state-level death penalty sentences, even as U.S. officials move toward resuming federal executions. The national group Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty...
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