Criminal punishment

This undated photo provided by Georgia Department of Corrections shows Keith Leroy Tharpe. Georgia is preparing to put to death Tharpe, who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago. But his lawyers say the execution should be stopped because his death sentence is tainted by a juror’s racial bias. Lawyers for the state dispute that and say 59-year-old Tharpe should die as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
September 25, 2017 - 6:58 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia prisoner who faces execution this week lost his bid for clemency Monday before the only state authority with the power to commute a death sentence. Keith Leroy Tharpe, 59, is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson for the September 1990 shooting...
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September 21, 2017 - 5:30 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona does not have to reveal who provides its execution drugs, a judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit arguing that the information would help the public determine whether the death penalty is carried out humanely and promote confidence in the criminal justice system. The decision...
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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Gary Otte, convicted of shooting two people to death in back-to-back robberies in February 1992. Ohio could be on track to resume executions at a regular pace after putting two condemned killers to death in the past three months. The state executed child killer Ronald Phillips in July and Otte on Sept. 13, 2017 in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Witnesses said Phillips did not appear to be distressed. Otte’s chest rose and fell several times over two minutes in a fashion similar to some executions in the past. Ohio went more than three years without an execution as it struggled to find a source for drugs used in lethal injection. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP, File)
September 20, 2017 - 10:33 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge says the physical reaction of an Ohio inmate being put to death wasn't enough to stop the execution under current legal precedent governing lethal injection in the state. Judge Michael Merz also says it was likely too late for him to act by the time attorneys...
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September 13, 2017 - 1:30 pm
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of killing two people in back-to-back robberies in suburban Cleveland in 1992 was executed Wednesday as family members of his victims looked on. Gary Otte, 45, was put to death at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville with a lethal...
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September 13, 2017 - 11:39 am
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on execution of a contemned Ohio killer (all times local): 11:35 a.m. An Ohio killer of two people sang a Christian hymn and quoted the Bible in the minutes before his death. The last words of Gary Otte (OH'-tee) were derived from a Bible account of Jesus Christ's...
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September 13, 2017 - 9:02 am
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a contemned Ohio killer (all times local): 8:55 a.m. The Ohio Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a condemned killer who argues he shouldn't be put to death because of his age at the time of the crime. The court declined...
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September 06, 2017 - 4:45 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing his sister-in-law 27 years ago is set for execution later this month. Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier on Wednesday said Keith Leroy Tharpe is scheduled to die Sept. 26 at the state prison in Jackson. The 59-year...
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Evacuees escaping the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rest at the George R. Brown Convention Center that has been set up as a shelter in Houston, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
August 30, 2017 - 2:41 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local): 1:40 p.m. A 36-year-old inmate scheduled for execution in Texas next week has been granted a temporary reprieve because of Harvey. Bexar County prosecutors cited "extraordinary circumstances" in asking to move Juan Castillo's...
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Evacuees escaping the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rest at the George R. Brown Convention Center that has been set up as a shelter in Houston, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
August 30, 2017 - 2:41 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local): 1:40 p.m. A 36-year-old inmate scheduled for execution in Texas next week has been granted a temporary reprieve because of Harvey. Bexar County prosecutors cited "extraordinary circumstances" in asking to move Juan Castillo's...
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FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Mark Asay. Florida on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, executed Asay with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders. Authorities said Asay, the first white man executed in Florida for the killing of a black man, was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Starke. Asay received a three-drug injection that began with the anesthetic, etomidate. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated, premeditated murders in Jacksonville in 1987. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP, File)
August 24, 2017 - 10:07 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida on Thursday put a man to death with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders. Authorities said 53-year-old Mark Asay, the first white man...
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