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Will China Ease Up on Executions?

For the first time in 30 years, China's top legislature proposed this week to reduce the number of crimes punishable by execution. The proposal, albeit largely...

In Death-Penalty Cases, Innocence Has to Matter

Hank Skinner, who is on death row in Texas, had a simple request. Before the state took his life, he wanted to test DNA evidence from the crime scene that could...

The Death Penalty: Racist, Classist and Unfair

Some two-thirds of Americans support the death penalty, but few are forced to confront it on a daily basis. As an appellate lawyer in Texas — which leads the...

Dwindling Death Penalty: Victim of the Recession?

The death penalty used to be a big deal, important enough to figure prominently in the 1988 presidential debates. Four years later, in 1992, White House aspirant...

Davis Ruling Raises New Death-Penalty Questions

Under normal circumstances, it takes a case of national importance to rile the Supreme Court during its summer recess. But in the words of an old axiom about...

Why Did Texas Gut Its Forensics Commission?

His predecessor left office to become President but Rick Perry has now become the longest-serving and most powerful governor in the history of the state of...

Kenya's Death Row Inmates Get Life Instead

In a move meant to ease the "mental anguish" of prison inmates and make it possible to put them to work, Kenya's president has commuted the sentences of the...

The Tide Shifts Against the Death Penalty

If there were such a thing as a golden age of capital punishment in America, it peaked in 1999. There were 98 executions in the U.S. that year, the highest...

Is Texas Changing Its Mind About the Death Penalty?

Texas has executed prisoners with a regularity and in record numbers that has earned the state worldwide attention. But, while Texas still led the U.S. in...

New Jersey: A Death Penalty Trend?

No criminal has been executed in New Jersey since 1963, so the fact that Gov. Jon Corzine has just signed a bill abolishing the state's death penalty might seem...

Lethal Injection

The state of Virginia has executed John Allen Muhammad via lethal injection on Nov. 10. Muhammad, known as the D.C. sniper, was sentenced to death for the...

Obama's Supreme Move to the Center

When the Supreme Court issues rulings on hot-button issues like gun control and the death penalty in the middle of a presidential campaign, Republicans could be...

Cracking Down on Courtroom Tears

Defense attorneys in capital murder cases have often been accused of not working hard enough to help spare their clients the death penalty, in some cases even...

Death Penalty Walking

On Jan. 7, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pair of Kentucky lawsuits challenging the lethal three-drug cocktail used in most U.S. executions. The...

A False Consensus on Lethal Injection

The Supreme Court reopened the nation's execution chambers on Wednesday, rejecting a claim by Kentucky inmates — echoed by prisoners across the country — that...

A Willie Horton Hit on Obama?

Update Appended: April 22, 2008 An old right-wing attack dog has returned with a new target: Barack Obama. Starting Tuesday, a group of conservative...

In Prison with Jodi Picoult

Q&ABest-selling author Jodi Picoult often takes on moral quandaries in her work. Which is one of the reasons she sweet-talked her way onto Death Row. TIME caught...

No Death Penalty for Chicago Murders

In the first state to declare a moratorium on executions, the sentence handed down Thursday by an Illinois jury in the notorious Brown's restaurant murder...