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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.


The Death Chamber at a correctional facility. (credit: Mike Simons/Getty Images)

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.


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Report Cites Flaws in Virginia’s Death Penalty

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.


In this image released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on April 19, 2013, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is seen. (credit: FBI via Getty Images)

Boston Bomb Suspect Seeks 2nd Death Penalty Lawyer

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is asking to have a second prominent death penalty expert added to his defense team.


Dzhokar Tsarnaev is accused of planting bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (credit: FBI via Getty Images)

Seeking Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing Case? A Long Road

If the Obama administration tries for the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it could face a long, difficult legal battle.


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Ebert to Seek Death Penalty in Toddler’s Death

Prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty against a Manassas father charged with drowning his 18-month-old son last year.


Gov. Martin O'Malley signs a bill to officially repeal the death penalty in Maryland. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Opponents of Md. Death Penalty Repeal Fall Short

An effort to undo Maryland’s recent repeal of the death penalty has fallen short.


Gov. Martin O'Malley signs a bill to officially repeal the death penalty in Maryland. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Death Penalty Officially Abolished in Maryland

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.