Reliance on the death penalty continues to decline with 39 people executed this year, only the second time in 19 years that fewer than 40 people were put to death, a private group reported Thursday.
Support for the death penalty has reached its lowest level of support since 1972.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, an outspoken death penalty opponent considering a 2016 presidential run, has yet to commute the sentences of the state’s five death row inmates despite his role in pushing a repeal of capital punishment that takes effect next month.
Virginia should make several changes to its death penalty laws and procedures to ensure fairness and guard against executing an innocent person, according to a report.
The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is asking to have a second prominent death penalty expert added to his defense team.
If the Obama administration tries for the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it could face a long, difficult legal battle.
Prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty against a Manassas father charged with drowning his 18-month-old son last year.
An effort to undo Maryland’s recent repeal of the death penalty has fallen short.
Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone Thursday as Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty in nearly 50 years, joining only West Virginia.
Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland into law.