Judge: Dispute over execution drug to go to trial

HELENA — A judge ruled Thursday that a constitutional challenge to Montana’s execution methods will go to trial. The Sept. 2 trial will focus on whether the sedative pentobarbital, which is called for under Montana’s lethal injection protocols, could lead to an excruciating and terrifying death. Attorneys for Ronald Allen Smith and William Gollehon — […]

Breaking: Nebraskans to vote on the death penalty

Today, a group of death penalty supporters submitted signatures for a referendum on death penalty repeal – enough to suspend repeal and put it on the November 2016 ballot if they are all verified. The media might tell you that this kills the repeal of the death penalty that you helped achieve this spring. They […]

Against the Death Penalty…Again

By Khalilah L. Brown-Dean (Originally published by the New Haven Register on Thursday, August 13, 2015) Today the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking ruling that capital punishment violates the state constitution. Although legislators voted in 2012 to prohibit death sentences for future convictions, the court’s decision means that the 11 inmates currently on death […]

Death Penalty by the Numbers

By Bill Pesch Originally published by Pacific Daily News on August 2nd, 2015 The historic roots of capital punishment in America date back to the colonial period. The first recorded execution took place in 1608, when Captain George Kendall was executed by a firing squad for mutiny. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War in […]