Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the racial imbalance of the nation’s prisons that convinced him to support sentencing reform has not prompted him to scrutinize the death penalty in advance of a possible 2016 run for president.
An ex-Marine facing possible execution for the 2009 murder of a fellow service member ordered his lawyers Monday not to make any arguments to spare his life.
Prosecutors contend that ex-Marine Jorge Avila Torrez killed Petty Officer Amanda Snell as part of a series of violent stalking attacks against young women.
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.