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DA Won’t Seek Death Penalty Against Soldier in Woman’s Murder

An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says he won’t seek the death penalty against a soldier accused of having conspired with his teenage girlfriend to kill her mother.


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O’Malley Calls Death Penalty ‘Ineffective’

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he respects the verdict of the jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case but remains opposed to the death penalty and considers it “ineffective.”


Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (credit: FBI)

No Plea Deal Likely in Boston Marathon Bombing Case

The focus of the Boston Marathon bombing trial figures to be as much on what punishment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face as on his responsibility for the attack.


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Executions, New Death Sentences Continue to Fall

Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.


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Rand Paul Says Death Penalty Is A State Issue

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.


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Ex-Marine Tells Lawyers Not To Fight Death Penalty

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.


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Death Penalty Case Goes to Jury in Sailor’s Death

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.


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U.S. Executions Nearly At 20-Year Low

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.


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Poll: 60 Percent Of Americans Favor Death Penalty

Support for the death penalty has reached its lowest level of support since 1972.


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O’Malley Slow to Commute Death Sentences

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.