Death penalty controversy

FILE - This photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. U.S. prosecutors told a judge Friday, Jan 19, 2018, that they will seek the death penalty for the 28-year-old man charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang from China, also broaching new allegations that he choked and sexually assaulted someone five years ago. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
January 19, 2018 - 7:28 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a former physics student charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China, they told a judge in a Friday filing that also made a new allegation that the 28-year-old suspect once choked and sexually...
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Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, center in military uniform, with senior government officers and prison wardens pose for a photograph during a graduation ceremony in the capital Kampala Thursday Jan. 18, 2018.Uganda's president says he will sign the death warrants of "a few" prisoners to create fear among criminals in the East African country. (AP Photo Stephen Wandera))
January 18, 2018 - 11:40 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death warrants in nearly two decades to create fear among criminals in the East African country, vowing to "hang a few." President Yoweri Museveni said he had not ordered executions in 19 years but was changing his mind...
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January 03, 2018 - 5:45 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 1 The Washington Post on a way states can keep elements of the Affordable Care Act system intact: Republicans have ripped a big hole in Obamacare. But there is a way to avoid chaos in the health-insurance markets on which...
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FILE - This Oct. 9, 2014, file photo shows the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. A state with one of the busiest death chambers in the country in recent decades, Oklahoma will enter its third year without an execution in 2018 while prison officials and state attorneys work to fine tune its procedure for putting condemned inmates to death. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
December 28, 2017 - 1:10 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma, a state with one of the busiest death chambers in the country in recent decades, will enter its third year without an execution in 2018 while prison officials and state attorneys fine tune its procedure for putting condemned inmates to death. Oklahoma Attorney General...
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December 20, 2017 - 4:37 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Supreme Court justices have asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a judge who was barred from considering execution-related cases after blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration. Responding to the...
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Dr. John DiMuro, Nevada's former chief state medical officer, talks to a reporter in his Reno medical office, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Reno, Nevada. The anesthesiologist who has returned to private practice since he resigned Oct. 30 is defending the protocol he approved for the drugs scheduled to be used in Nevada's first execution in 11 years. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
November 29, 2017 - 6:53 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A scarcity of lethal injection drugs nationwide drove plans to use a never-before-tried three-drug combination for Nevada's first execution in more than 11 years, the state's former top doctor told The Associated Press. In his first interview since resigning a month ago, Dr. John...
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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell, convicted of fatally shooting Charles Dials, during a carjacking in 1997. Campbell, whose poor veins led Ohio to halt his execution, has appealed a judge’s decision upholding the state’s lethal injection system. Campbell argues that Ohio's process raises an unconstitutional risk of serious harm because the first of three drugs may not render inmates completely unconscious. Lawyers for Campbell and fellow death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts announced the appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)
November 22, 2017 - 12:39 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer whose poor veins led Ohio to halt his execution has appealed a judge's decision upholding the state's lethal injection system. Death row inmate Alva Campbell argues that Ohio's process raises an unconstitutional risk of serious harm because the first of...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2016, file photo, flags of some of the 193 countries fly in the breeze in front of the Secretariat building of the United Nations. State Department officials say the U.S. this week plans to vote against a yearly U.N. resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism. That's because, as in past years, free speech protections and other problems make the resolution impossible for America to support. But officials don't want their opposition interpreted as tacit support for Nazism in this first rendition of the annual vote since President Donald Trump entered office. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 16, 2017 - 3:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government wants you to know: It really, truly doesn't like Nazis. At the United Nations this week, the U.S. plans to vote against a yearly resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism, State Department officials said Wednesday. Although it may seem...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2016, file photo, flags of some of the 193 countries fly in the breeze in front of the Secretariat building of the United Nations. State Department officials say the U.S. this week plans to vote against a yearly U.N. resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism. That's because, as in past years, free speech protections and other problems make the resolution impossible for America to support. But officials don't want their opposition interpreted as tacit support for Nazism in this first rendition of the annual vote since President Donald Trump entered office. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 15, 2017 - 5:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government wants you to know: It really, truly doesn't like Nazis. At the United Nations this week, the U.S. plans to vote against a yearly resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism, State Department officials said Wednesday. Although it may seem...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell. The Ohio Parole Board on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, rejected a request for mercy from Campbell, a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health that he should be spared from execution next month. The board's 11-1 decision came in the case of Campbell, set to die by lethal injection on Nov. 15 for killing a teen during a 1997 carjacking. The slaying came five years after he was paroled on a different murder charge. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)
November 15, 2017 - 9:25 am
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Ohio inmate Alva Campbell (all times local): 9:20 a.m. A prisons spokeswoman says a condemned Ohio inmate with multiple health problems will be brought into the state death chamber in a wheelchair. Attorneys for prisoner Alva Campbell say he...
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