As Massachusetts governor, Republican Mitt Romney set himself a daunting challenge: craft a death penalty law that virtually guaranteed only the guilty could be executed, then push it through an overwhelmingly Democratic state Legislature that was leery of capital punishment.
Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against three Somalis charged with murder in the fatal shooting of four Americans aboard a hijacked yacht last year, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday.
Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for ending capital punishment, wants Maryland lawmakers to consider outlawing the death penalty.
Legislation to expand the death penalty in Virginia is up for a key vote at the General Assembly, to include a revision of the triggerman rule.
A bill to expand use of the death penalty to include accomplices of murder in Virginia died in a Senate committee on Wednesday.
Lee Edward Stephens, accused of killing a corrections officer in Jessup, MD five years ago, could soon find out if he will face the death penalty.