Death penalty controversy

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, a Pakistani court, overturned the death sentence given to the country's ailing former dictator, saying a special court that last month convicted and sentenced Musharraf had been formed in violation of the law. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)
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January 13, 2020 - 8:18 am
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Monday overturned the death sentence given to the country's ex-military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, a former close U.S. ally in the war against terror. The Lahore High Court ruled that the special tribunal formed to try the ex-president was not legal...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Gov. Newsom is wrapping up a first year highlighted by the bankruptcy of the country's largest utility, an escalating homelessness crisis and an intensifying feud with the Trump administration, along with record-low unemployment and a booming state economy producing a multi-billion-dollar surplus. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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December 30, 2019 - 1:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable topics. PG&E filed for bankruptcy barely three...
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File - In this Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 file photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Pittsburgh. Lawyers for Robert Bowers, the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people in Pittsburgh, have challenged his potential death sentence as unconstitutional and argued in court papers filed this week that capital punishment violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. They also said the practice of carrying out federal executions in state prisons violates a Tenth Amendment protection that says states can’t be made to enforce federal laws, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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December 28, 2019 - 7:48 am
Lawyers for the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people in Pittsburgh have challenged his potential death sentence as unconstitutional. Lawyers for Robert Bowers argued in court papers filed this week that capital punishment violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the...
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FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
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December 05, 2019 - 10:22 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death...
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FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
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December 04, 2019 - 4:20 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he won't stop the state from putting a blind inmate to death in the electric chair later this week, clearing the way for the execution unless a federal court intervenes. Lee Hall, a 53-year-old inmate who became blind from...
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November 27, 2019 - 1:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a federal death row inmate convicted of rape and murder have asked a federal judge to halt his scheduled execution next month because the prisoner has Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Wesley Ira Purkey’s lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Washington. His execution...
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Iwao Hakamada, who converted to Catholicism during his decades on death row, speaks during a press conference after attending the Mass held by Pope Francis at the Tokyo Dome Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Tokyo. A former Japanese professional boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he did not commit was among some 50,000 people greeting Pope Francis as he entered Tokyo Dome stadium to celebrate Mass on Monday. (Kyodo News via AP)/Kyodo News via AP)
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November 25, 2019 - 7:42 am
TOKYO (AP) — A former Japanese professional boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he did not commit was among some 50,000 people greeting Pope Francis as he entered Tokyo Dome stadium to celebrate Mass on Monday. Iwao Hakamada, who converted to Catholicism during his decades on...
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Pope Francis, center, prepares to leave after meeting with Japan's Emperor Naruhito, right, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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November 25, 2019 - 4:25 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Japan (all times local): 5 p.m. A former Japanese professional boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he did not commit was among some 50,000 people greeting Pope Francis as he entered Tokyo Dome stadium to conduct Mass on Monday...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019 file photo, a view of the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse in Washington. A federal judge in the District of Columbia has temporarily halted the first federal execution in 16 years as a lawsuit on how the government intends to carry it out continues. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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November 21, 2019 - 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has temporarily halted the first federal executions in 16 years, saying death row inmates scheduled to be executed are likely to win their legal challenge. U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan said in a Wednesday evening ruling that the public is not served by “short-...
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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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