Death penalty controversy

This photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Walter Leroy Moody. A federal appeals court has rejected the death row inmate's argument that Moody must serve out his federal sentence before Alabama can put him to death for the 1989 killing of a federal judge. He is scheduled to be executed Thursday, April 19, 2018, for killing 11th Circuit Judge Robert Vance with a bomb mailed to his home. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)
April 20, 2018 - 7:25 am
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man convicted of sending mail bombs during a wave of Southern terror has been executed for killing a federal judge, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 83, was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m. following an...
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This photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Walter Leroy Moody. A federal appeals court has rejected the death row inmate's argument that Moody must serve out his federal sentence before Alabama can put him to death for the 1989 killing of a federal judge. He is scheduled to be executed Thursday, April 19, 2018, for killing 11th Circuit Judge Robert Vance with a bomb mailed to his home. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)
April 19, 2018 - 11:07 pm
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted of the mail-bomb slaying of a federal judge during a wave of Southern terror in 1989 was executed by lethal injection Thursday, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 83, was pronounced dead at 8...
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FILE - Dec. 2, 2017 file photo Republican Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist, left, answers a question from moderator Eric Barker, outdoor editor for the Lewiston Tribune, during the Sportsman Gubernatorial Candidate Forum in Boise, Idaho. Officials in Republican-dominant states are pushing legislation ahead of midterm elections that would punish both doctors and patients for abortions. Ahlquist said at a forum months earlier that he would support legislation allowing women to be prosecuted for abortions. He was responding to a question from a Republican lawmaker who wants to push such legislation but hasn’t introduced it at the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger,File)
April 19, 2018 - 6:59 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional. In Idaho, Republicans competing in a crowded field for...
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In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018, image from video provided by KTHV-TV, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen lies on a cot outside the Arkansas governor's mansion in Little Rock during a death penalty protest. The protests marked one year since Arkansas conducted a series of executions. Griffen protested in a similar fashion last year and the state Supreme Court responded by declaring him ineligible to hear death penalty cases. Griffen has since filed a lawsuit against the state's justices, saying they are violating his religious freedom rights. (KTHV/TEGNA Inc. via AP)
April 18, 2018 - 3:16 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who's been prohibited from hearing execution-related cases lay down on a cot in front of the governor's mansion during an anti-death penalty vigil, re-enacting the demonstration that prompted his disqualification last year. Pulaski County Circuit Judge...
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An honor guard follow the casket out of the Doane Beal and Ames Funeral home in Hyannis, Mass., Tuesday, April 17, 2018, where the body of Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon was transported by motorcade to South Yarmouth for a wake at St. Pius X Church. A vigil and visitation for Yarmouth K-9 Officer Gannon is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, while a funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Both will take place at St. Pius X Roman Catholic church in Yarmouth. The funeral Mass will be followed by a private burial. (Steve Heaslip/The Cape Cod Times via AP)
April 18, 2018 - 10:05 am
BOSTON (AP) — The killing of a Massachusetts police officer has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers. Recent attempts to restore capital punishment in the state have faltered, most recently after the killing of another police...
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April 12, 2018 - 5:43 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new annual report on the death penalty calls sub-Saharan Africa a "beacon of hope" amid a decline in executions worldwide. Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty for all crimes, Amnesty International says in the report released early...
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April 04, 2018 - 1:42 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a supporter of a Sufi Islam leader who rammed a bus into a group of policemen, killing three and injuring 30 before being arrested, has been sentenced to death. The incident in Tehran took place during February clashes...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2005, file photo, Barbara Chan protests the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the Crips gang, outside of San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. The battle over California's voter-backed effort to resume executions is beginning in earnest, with state officials and death penalty supporters moving to end court orders that have blocked executions since 2006. State officials and a former NFL player whose family was murdered are asking a Marin County judge on March 28, 2018, to lift his injunction, arguing that California now has the necessary regulations switching to a single lethal dose of powerful barbiturates to execute condemned inmates. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
March 27, 2018 - 7:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the effort to resume executions in California (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A judge in California has tentatively decided to lift his order that had blocked the state from carrying out executions by lethal injection since 2012. Marin County Superior Court...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows William Montgomery, sentenced to death for the fatal shooting of Debra Ogle during a March 1986 robbery in Toledo, Ohio. The Ohio Parole Board is ready to recommend whether the condemned killer should be spared ahead of the scheduled execution on April 11, 2018. At issue before the board is a request for clemency by the attorney for death row inmate Montgomery. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)
March 16, 2018 - 11:47 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Parole Board is recommending that a condemned killer be spared ahead of his scheduled execution next month. The parole board's Friday report supports arguments by the lawyer for death row inmate William Montgomery that there's too much doubt and uncertainty about the...
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FILE- In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, a Shariah law official whips a man convicted of gay sex during a public caning outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Aceh province Indonesia. The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh known for publicly caning gays, adulterers and gamblers is considering the introduction of beheading as a punishment for murder, a top Sharia law official said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda, File)
March 15, 2018 - 1:33 am
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — The conservative Indonesian province of Aceh known for publicly caning gays, adulterers and gamblers is considering the introduction of beheading as a punishment for murder, a top Islamic law official said Wednesday. Syukri M. Yusuf, the head of Aceh's Shariah Law and...
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