capital punishment

The U.S. Supreme Court took action in two capital cases Tuesday, with dissenting justices from the right and left pricking their colleagues in dissent.

In one, the court ordered the resentencing of a convicted Arizona killer because the jury was not told that if he were sentenced to life in prison, there was no chance he would be paroled. And in the other, the court declined to hear a broad constitutional challenge to the death penalty.

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it will move to prevent its drugs from being used in lethal injections.

An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state this year seems to be losing steam.