On July 25, in a surprise announcement, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that the federal government would be resuming executions, with five scheduled in the coming months.
If he gets his way, Arkansas' Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson will execute eight men in 11 days this month. On Feb. 27, he issued the death warrants for the prisoners.
The deliberations on the Tsarnaev case bring new, heightened attention to the death-penalty debate in the United States. The time for a moratorium on executions is now.
As the U.S. commits atrocious experiments on death row prisoners, it is vital to remember that the Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighbourhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen-pal to a death-row prisoner. Sister Helen Prejean agreed, forever changing her life.
On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die. I was reporting live from outside Georgia's death row in Jackson, awaiting news about whether the Supreme Court would spare his life.
Death brings cheers these days in America. That is why challenging the death sentence to be carried out against Troy Davis by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21 is so important.
Formed in 1999 by Protess and students, the Medill Innocence Project has uncovered evidence to free 11 innocent men, five of them on death row in the state of Illinois.