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Illinois Kills Death Penalty
Becomes 16th state to abolish the ultimate penalty
"...inked his name to a measure that repeals the death penalty there – replacing it with life-without-parole as the..."

March 9, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Lawmakers Urge Pretrial DNA Testing in Death Penalty Cases
AG joins senators in saying measure would speed exonerations
"...In death penalty cases, it can take years after a conviction..."

March 20, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Vast Majority Believe in Death Penalty
Republicans most likely to believe death is a deterrent
"...innocent person, yet a whopping 83% still believe the death penalty is an appropriate punishment...."

Nov. 10, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Texas State Capitol Hosts Special Hearing on Death Penalty
At the Death House Door sparks debate on death penalty
"...our trigger-happy state, it makes sense that At the Death House Door – an exploration of the death penalty..."

March 4, 2008 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

'The Death Penalty Is About Us'
'Dead Man Walking' scribe Sister Helen Prejean speaks in town tonight
"...book – newly subtitled “The Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate” – was released..."

Dec. 3, 2013 Books Post by Jessi Cape

Texas Death Penalty Sentencing Declines
A new report shows sentencing on the decline – but Texas is still No. 1 when it comes to killing
"...The number of new death sentences imposed in Texas this year was the lowest..."

Dec. 11, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Penalty: Older but Not Wiser
New report looks back at 35 years of the death penalty
"...Thirty-five years after the death penalty was reinstated by the nation's highest court, it..."

July 1, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Harris County Death Penalty: Race matters
New study shows race a factor in capital sentences
"...that race plays a role in who gets the death penalty and who doesn't. It's long been accepted that..."

June 6, 2008 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

The Death Penalty in Practice
"...too close attention to such things – the Texas death machine, headquartered in Austin and administered in Huntsville, is..."

Aug. 1, 2008 News Feature by Michael King

Death Penalty Off the Hook
Preemptive strike against wrongful conviction fails in murder trial prehearing
"...Having halted a December hearing into whether the death penalty is constitutional as applied in the case of..."

Jan. 21, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Penalty Won't Protect Children
"...Jan. 11 [News] article "Child Sexual Assault and the Death Penalty": It is a slippery slope we endeavor upon..."

Jan. 17, 2008 Postmarks

Report Calls for Texas Death Penalty Reform
And people in hell want ice water
"...Earlier this month the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty handed state lawmakers its assessment of the state's..."

Jan. 26, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Against Death Penalty
"...week Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death for murdering Dean Harold Meyers in Virginia. I cannot..."

March 12, 2004 Postmarks

UT Lawyers Take On the Death Penalty in D.C.
A team of UT-based attorneys takes the Tennard case to the U.S. Supreme Court
"...had been convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death by a Harris Co. jury in 1986, and now..."

April 2, 2004 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

Proposed Bills Address Death Penalty
Meanwhile, Texas' death machine churns stronger than ever
"...Mexico Legislature on March 13 voted to abolish the death penalty, replacing it with a life-without-parole sentence. The measure..."

March 20, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

All Aboard for the Death Penalty Express
Republicans aim to kill federal appeals law
"...– opening up an express lane to the Texas death chamber and making it inevitable that an innocent person..."

Aug. 12, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Supremes Hear Texas Death Penalty Cases
Supreme Court grapples once again with whether Texas death penalty scheme – and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals' interpretation of its role in deciding death penalty cases – meets constitutional requirements
"...grappled with the complicated issue of whether the Texas death penalty scheme – and the Texas Court of Criminal..."

Jan. 26, 2007 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

New Jersey Might Nix Death Penalty
“I think it is part of this bigger picture where the death penalty is on the defensive.”
"...It appears New Jersey is poised to abolish the death penalty. The state has eight men on death row..."

Nov. 21, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Double Death Penalty
Garcia, convicted of capital murder, contends that his confessions were improperly admitted as evidence
"...murder for both slayings but only tried in Turski's death. Vargas was convicted of capital murder in Martin's death..."

Feb. 12, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Child Sexual Assault and the Death Penalty
Supremes to hear appeal of Louisiana man condemned to die for rape of stepdaughter
"...and unusual punishment allows for the imposition of the death penalty as punishment for a crime that does not..."

Jan. 11, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Stalled Hearing Put Death Penalty on Trial
John Edward Green's murder trial began with testimony on wrongful convictions
"...to prove this week that Texas' imposition of the death penalty is capricious – so much so as to..."

Dec. 10, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

House Tweaks Death Penalty Law
Kenneth Foster Act aims to clean things up
"...Act. The measure would block prosecutors from seeking the death penalty for defendants tried under the so-called "law of..."

May 22, 2009 News Column by Jordan Smith

End the Death Penalty Now
"...up the next day and marched to end the death penalty and afterward joined Greenpeace's 350.org protest at UT...."

Oct. 29, 2009 Postmarks

Concerns About Death Penalty
"...Khristian Oliver was executed for murder. Why was the death penalty on the charge? Because the jurors consulted the..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Postmarks

Against Death Penalty and Abortion
"...in this? Where is the rationale for protesting the death of a human being who was once part of..."

Aug. 7, 2008 Postmarks

Ignore the Flaws – the Death Penalty Must Continue On
Despite possible errors here and elsewhere, Perry stands firm on capital punishment
"...a single inmate in the modern era of the death penalty. Nonetheless, Republican Sen. Robert Martin, a co-sponsor of..."

Dec. 23, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Column Confirms Need for Death Penalty
"...Dear Editor, Even though "Rick Perry Death Watch" [News, Jan. 25] is designed to call attention..."

Jan. 28, 2013 Postmarks

Death Penalty or Human Sacrifice?
"...May 21]: I have come to think of the death penalty as state sanctioned murder – as human sacrifice..."

May 20, 2010 Postmarks

Court of Criminal Appeals to Accept E-Filing in Death Penalty Cases
Move comes after petition filed in response to judge's decision to close courthouse door before executed inmate's attorneys could file last-minute appeal
"...website announcing the court will now accept e-filing in death penalty cases. The move comes only two weeks after..."

Nov. 9, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Penalty Rethinking
"...to consider a friend since I wrote him on death row six years ago. In the days leading to..."

Aug. 4, 2005 Postmarks

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