Death penalty controversy

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Pervis Payne. A new report by a think tank examining executions in the United States says death penalty cases show a long history of racial disparity, from who is executed to where and for what crimes. The report also details several case studies in which race may be playing a role today, including Payne, accused of the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie Jo. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
September 15, 2020 - 6:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black people have been overrepresented on death rows across the United States and killers of Black people are less likely to face the death penalty than people who kill white people, a new report found. The report from the Death Penalty Information Center is a history lesson in...
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A No Trespassing sign stands in front the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. A judge in Washington is halting for now the government’s planned Friday execution at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana of Keith Dwayne Nelson who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering at 10-year-old Kansas girl. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
August 27, 2020 - 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of federal appeals court judges is letting the U.S. government proceed with the planned execution of a man who kidnapped, raped and killed a 10-year-old Kansas girl. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday evening...
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Daniel Lee, father of Tiffany Lee, wipes his face as he leaves the podium after a statement by his attorney at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, was executed at 6:29 p.m. for the slaying of Lee's 9-year-old daughter Tiffany and her grandmother nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
August 26, 2020 - 6:18 pm
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The only Native American on federal death row was put to death Wednesday, despite objections from many Navajo leaders who had urged President Donald Trump to halt the execution on the grounds it would violate tribal culture and sovereignty. With the execution of Lezmond...
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This undated family photo provided by Auska Mitchell shows Lezmond Mitchell, who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2001 killing of Alyce Slim and her granddaughter. The Navajo government is pushing to spare his life on the basis cultural beliefs and sovereignty. Mitchell was the first Native American sentenced to death since the resumption of the federal death penalty in 1994 and the only Native American awaiting his punishment. (Courtesy Auska Mitchell via AP)
August 25, 2020 - 7:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The only Native American man on federal death row is asking a judge to halt his execution until he receives a determination to his clemency petition from the Justice Department and President Donald Trump. Lezmond Mitchell’s lawyers filed papers in federal court in Washington...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2005 file photo Scott Peterson is escorted by two San Mateo County Sheriff deputies as he is walked from the jail to a waiting van in Redwood City, Calif. The California Supreme Court has overturned the 2005 death sentence for Peterson in the slaying of his pregnant wife. The court says prosecutors may try again for the same sentence if they wish in the high-profile case. It upheld his 2004 conviction of murdering Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant with their unborn son. (AP Photo/Justin Sullivan, Pool,File)
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August 24, 2020 - 2:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Scott Peterson's conviction for killing his pregnant wife will stand, but the California Supreme Court on Monday overturned his 2005 death sentence in a case that attracted worldwide attention. The justices cited “significant errors" in jury selection in overturning the...
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Auska Mitchell holds a photograph of his nephew, Lezmond Mitchell, on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in the Phoenix area. Lezmond Mitchell is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Aug. 26, and the Navajo government is pushing to spare his life on the basis of cultural beliefs and sovereignty. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
August 23, 2020 - 6:12 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Late on a fall evening in 2001, Alyce Slim and her granddaughter stopped at a gas station on the Navajo Nation after searching for a traditional healer for leg ailments. There, in an area where hitchhiking is common, Slim agreed to give two males a ride. They got into her...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, the gurney stands in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. An autopsy on an inmate put to death by a lethal injection of pentobarbital last month as the Trump administration resumed federal executions shows he suffered "extreme pain" before he died, according to recent court fillings by lawyers trying to halt the execution of their death-row client next week. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
August 21, 2020 - 5:34 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — An inmate suffered “extreme pain" as he received a dose of pentobarbital during just the second federal execution following a 17-year lag, according to court filings by lawyers representing one of the inmates scheduled to be executed next. The claim Wesley Purkey may have felt a...
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FILE - This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted and sentenced to death for carrying out the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department will seek to reinstate the death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (FBI via AP, File)
August 20, 2020 - 7:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will seek to reinstate a death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man who was convicted of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Attorney General William Barr said Thursday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Justice Department...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
August 15, 2020 - 9:19 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days. In one of the pictures, a racially diverse group of first-graders are gathered in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
August 15, 2020 - 3:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days. In one of the pictures, a racially diverse group of first-graders are gathered in...
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