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Study: 1 in 25 U.S. death row inmates likely innocent

A newly-published study asserts about 4 percent of individuals currently sentenced to death in the United States is likely innocent, raising life-or-death questions about the morality of capital punishment.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

Louisiana death row inmate freed after 30 years behind bars

Angola - A black man convicted by an all-white jury of a murder he did not commit walked out of a Louisiana state prison a free man on Tuesday after spending 30 years on death row.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Former death row inmate gives look inside solitary confinement

After spending three-and-a-half years on death row in Alabama for a murder he did not commit, a former death row inmate writes an eye-opening letter about solitary confinement and the death penalty. "It is a completely broken system!" he said.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan - 1 comment

Paula Cooper sentenced to death at 16 released after 28 yrs

An Indiana woman, Paula Cooper, who was sentenced to death at age 16 after she confessed to the murder of a 78-year-old Bible studies teacher Ruth Pelke, was released from an Indiana prison Monday after spending 28 years in prison.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 4 comments

Night stalker killer Richard Ramirez dead at 53

Greenbrae - Serial killer and devoted satanist Richard Ramirez has died, he was convicted 24 years ago of over a dozen homicides and suspected of many more.
In the Media by Eric Morales - 8 comments

Amnesty International hails Maryland's abolition of death penalty

Annapolis - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley yesterday signed abolition of capital punishment into law in Maryland in a move welcomed by campaigners Amnesty International. Maryland becomes part of a worldwide trend away from state-sanctioned execution.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 20 comments

Op-Ed: Triple murderess delays execution by playing the race card

Huntsville - Kimberly McCarthy was convicted of the murder of an elderly woman on compelling evidence, and is known to have murdered two more. Yesterday her execution was delayed for the most specious of reasons.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 1 comment

Judge weeps at sentencing of 'Dating Game' killer Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala, a one-time contestant on the popular show "The Dating Game" has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for murdering two 23-year-old women in New York in the 1970s. The judge cried as she handed down the sentence.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 2 comments

'Speed Freak Killer' Wes Shermantine locates more victims

Sacramento - Wes Shermantine was half of the "Speed Freak Killer" duo, he was released from death row, briefly, last week to assist in locating more of the victims. Claims of many more victims still unresolved.
In the Media by Gar Swaffar - 5 comments

Death row inmate Gary Simmons requests 29,000 calories last meal

Mississippi executed Gary Carl Simmons Jr. Wednesday night, after he got a last meal request estimated at 29,000 calories. Simmons was convicted of murdering and dismembering a 21-year-old man with carving knives in 1996, and raping his girlfriend.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 9 comments

Interviews Before Execution reality show a hit on Chinese TV

Beijing - A reality TV show featuring prisoners on death row confessing crimes and asking for forgiveness shortly before being led to execution has become a hit on a Chinese TV channel. The Saturday night TV show has a following of over 40 million viewers.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 9 comments

Op-Ed: 12 myths about Linda Carty debunked

Houston - This is a fact sheet that debunks concisely 12 of the myths currently being peddled about convicted murderess Linda Carty by Clive Stafford Smith, his Reprieve organisation and their dupes.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 15 comments

Daughter, 9, testifies to save Komisarjevsky from death row

Hartford - The nine-year-old daughter of Joshua Komisarjevsky, convicted of murder of the family of Dr William Petit, testified on video tape in a bid to save her father from the death penalty.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 4 comments

Today, October 10, is World Day Against Death Penalty

Activists worldwide campaigning for abolition of the death penalty are today marking World Day Against Death Penalty. This year, opponents of the death penalty are emphasizing to governments that the death penalty is cruel and inhumane.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 10 comments

Convicted murderer hoping to hasten execution

Salem - A convicted murderer in Oregon wants the appeals to end so that the state can administer a lethal injection to end his life.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 3 comments

Texas ends traditional last meal for death row prisoners

Texas City - Laurence Russell Brewer really went to town when he chose his last meal before execution this week. A meat feast with ice cream was prepared and then left untouched, resulting in the State of Texas abandoning the traditional practice.
In the Media by Katerina Nikolas - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Looking into the eyes of evil

In a few days, exactly one week as I write this, our family will look once more into the eyes of evil and hope that our long journey for justice will be ended.
In the Media by John David Powell - 11 comments

Execution drug sold to US by UK firm may have been ineffective

A drug sold from Britain that may have been ineffective and beyond its use-by date was employed in an execution in Georgia, USA, this week, it has been revealed.
In the Media by Andrew John - 5 comments

Death Row's strange requests for last meals

Inmates on Death Row in America are traditionally allowed any last meal request they desire before execution. The long walk that follows need not be suffered on an empty stomach.
In the Media by William Charles Baker - 3 comments

Death row inmate, 94, dies in prison

The oldest death row inmate in the United States died Friday of natural causes. The convict was 94 years old when he passed away.
In the Media by Michael Bearak

Florida Sheriff Petitions For Death Warrant Online

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has taken to the Internet pleading with the Governor Charlie Crist to sign a death warrant for a murderer who has sat on death row for over 20 years. The average wait time for a death row inmate is 12 years.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 8 comments

Australian man, 'death row dog' to surrender to police

A man from Australia who made the headlines after springing his dog from a pound before going on the run with his pet has now told the police he will give himself up.
In the Media by Jane Fazackarley

Death row inmate will get new hearing

The US Supreme Court has today ruled that a Georgia inmate currently on death row should get a new hearing to establish whether some new evidence might clear the man of his conviction.
In the Media by Jane Fazackarley

Op-Ed: How does the death penalty affect collective thinking?

The death penalty system increases a society's social rifts and worsens the attitude toward and the relations with their neighbours.
In the Media by Ann-Sofie Hjoberg - 1 comment

Andre Thomas Ate His Last Remaining Eye Sitting On Death Row

Andre Thomas is sitting on Death Row in Texas missing an eye. The 25-year-old, known for mental problems, pulled out his only good eye and ate it according to authorities.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 7 comments

Hope Springs Eternal: New Years Wishes from Death Row

Ever wonder how people spend holidays on death row? Or what they ask by way of gifts and favors? Although death row may be dreary and deadly, for many hope springs eternal.
In the Media by Carol Forsloff - 7 comments

Murderer's 'Fat' Defense Fails, Execution Set for Tuesday

A double-murderer who tried to use his obesity as a defense against the lethal injection is cleared by pre-execution examinations. Read to find out how he tried to push his weight -literally- around the legal system.
In the Media by Jason Li - 5 comments

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal In 11 Death Row Cases

Eleven death row appeals were rejected by the Supreme Court on Monday. The justices' had been expected to decline the cases that sat before them today.
In the Media by KJ Mullins

After 14 Years, Wrongfully Convicted Death Row Inmate Freed

This man spent 14 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Finally he was freed after withheld evidence was released.
In the Media by Paul Bright - 6 comments

Canadians On Death Row In The States Can't Come Home Again

Canadians sitting on death row on the other side of the border have lost the chance to seek a lesser sentence on their home turf. Although for decades those facing the death penalty had a chance to come to Canadian jails that is no longer an option.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 1 comment
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In the documentary by Werner Herzog 'Death Row. Portraits' Linda Carty protests her innocence from behind bullet-proof glass.
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Looking down the wall in the Solitary Confinement area. The photographer said the only light they had came through the little window in the door and a small pipe for ventilation in the ceiling.
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