Death Penalty

  James Herard, 25, was convicted by a Fort Lauderdale jury in May of murdering two people. The jury recommended a death sentence. Well, during a sentencing hearing…

A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional. California put a moratorium on the death penalty in 2006 and…

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it will oversee a Florida death row case involving a mentally challenged man who was convicted of killing a…

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers approved a measure abolishing the death penalty on Friday, and the bill is expected to be signed by the Democratic…

One of the nation’s oldest civil rights groups is optimistic that Maryland is a step closer to repealing the death penalty, after the Senate voted…

HARTFORD, Conn. — After years of failed attempts to repeal the death penalty, Connecticut lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have passed legislation…

Before Troy Davis became known to the country and later the world, Mumia Abu-Jamal gained international support after  he was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, and sentenced to death. Abu-Jamal was called the “world’s best-known death row inmate.” 1. MEANING BEHIND THE NAME Abu-Jamal was born Wesley Cook. He […]

On June 16th, 1944, the United States put to rest the youngest person ever to be subjected to the death penalty. George Junius Stinney Jr. was only 14 when he was arrested and charged for allegedly murdering an 8 and an 11-year -old duo of white girls with a large railroad spike. The sheriff at […]

In the wake of several high-profile capital punishment cases, the death penalty is once again becoming a hot button political issue. And while the number of death sentences per year has dropped over the last decade, the data paints an interesting picture that demands heavy analysis from both sides of the issue. See also: Do You Agree […]

Rev. Al Sharpton will call upon the U.S. Justice Department to take the lead in capital punishment cases across the country, and strip states from prosecuting them. Check out our Troy Davis Execution coverage Top 5 most wrongful executions ever Sharpton, who called the execution of Troy Davis, a “bleak day in the American justice […]

With the scheduled execution of Troy Davis in Atlanta, Georgia today, the controversy surrounding the execution is what has the whole world up in arms. Many claim that Davis is innocent due to numerous witnesses who initially claimed Davis was the murderer, now recanting their stories. Below are other examples of executions that many in […]

While the death penalty has long been a hot-button political issue in the U.S., as of late it has not received as much attention as other controversial issues. RELATED: Traveling While Black: Houston, Texas RELATED: Traveling While Black: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas In 2011, a number of high profile executions, as well as judges and politicians campaigning for […]