death penalty

Courts
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence

File photo of the Oregon Supreme Court Building in Salem.

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:24 pm

Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of Michael Washington. The Gresham, Oregon man is on death row for the 2004 murder of Mohamed Jabbie, an immigrant from Sierra Leone.

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Death Penalty
2:40 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

UPDATED: After One Botched Execution, Oklahoma Stays A Second

This file photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:12 pm

Update at 8:19 p.m. ET. Execution Fails:

According to reporters tweeting from inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, the execution of Clayton D. Lockett has failed. Lockett died of a heart attack after the execution was aborted.

The execution of Charles Warner, which was supposed to take place at 9 p.m. ET., was stayed by Corrections Director Robert Patton.

According to the AP reporter on the scene, about 34 minutes after the execution was scheduled to begin, Lockett was still conscious.

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Justice
2:11 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

An Eye For An Eye: Did It Make The World Blind?

Credit Thane Rosenbaum's book, "Payback."

Steve Scher talks with Thane Rosenbaum, author of "Payback: The Case For Revenge," about how we view the phrase "an eye for an eye" and the role of revenge in our current justice system.

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Capital Punishment Debate
12:33 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Kitsap County Prosecutor Opposes The Death Penalty Moratorium

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Ross Reynolds talks with Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge on his support for the death penalty.

Capital Punishment
3:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Former Head Of Washington Corrections Supports Death Penalty Moratorium

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Ross Reynolds talks with Eldon Vail, former Washington Department of Corrections Secretary, about why he supports Governor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend the death penalty.

The Week In Review
2:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Death Penalty Debate, Bertha Costs, And No Place Like Home

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, but the moratorium does not commute the sentences of people currently condemned to death.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Capital Punishment
3:08 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Murder Victim's Sister 'Thrilled' For Death Penalty Moratorium

Flickr Photo/Dar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Karil Klingbeil, whose sister was murdered in 1981, about why she's pleased with the Governor Jay Inslee's suspension of the death penalty. Candy Hemmig was killed by Mitchell Rupe, whose appeals process was so lengthy that he died in prison of natural causes in 2006.

Capital Punishment
3:03 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Death Penalty History In Washington

Flickr Photo/Scott*

Marcie Sillman talks with Tim Ford, lawyer and former president of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, about how Washington state has used the death penalty in the past.

Capital Punishment Debate
2:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Snohomish County Prosecutor Defends Washington's Death Penalty

Flickr Photo/Leonard Chien (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe, one of 39 county prosecutors in the state, about his concerns regarding Governor Jay Inslee's decision to halt executions.

Death Penalty
9:02 am
Wed February 12, 2014

For One Family, Inslee’s Moratorium Has ‘Reopened A Lot Of Wounds’

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement of a de facto moratorium on the death penalty on Tuesday has been making waves through the state.

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Capital Punishment
3:41 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Suspending The Death Penalty In Washington State

Flickr Photo/OnceAndFutureLaura

Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds hear from reporters and interested parties in response to Governor Jay Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state.

Death Penalty Moratorium
11:11 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Inslee: 'There Have Been Too Many Doubts Raised About Capital Punishment'

Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington on Tuesday during a press conference.
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium Tuesday on the use of the death penalty in Washington state during his term.

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Death Row Retrial
6:46 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Darold Stenson Sentenced To Two Life Terms After Retrial

Darold Stenson glances around the courtroom during the first day of testimony in his retrial Sept. 23, 2013, in Port Orchard, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Former death row inmate Darold Stenson was sent back to prison yesterday for the murder of his wife, Denise Stenson, and business partner, Frank Hoerner.

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Judicial System
8:47 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Sotomayor's Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor answers a question at Chicago Public Library in Chicago, in January.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:39 pm

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.

Sotomayor wrote a 12-page dissent when her colleagues refused to review the state's law that allows judges to overrule jury decisions on whether a defendant should be executed. She called it "an outlier" that might contradict the Constitution.

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Capital Punishment
6:18 am
Fri November 15, 2013

State Supreme Court: Accused Police Killer Monfort Could Face Death Penalty

A television photographer films pictures displayed at a news conference in Seattle, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, of homemade bombs and other items found in the apartment of Christopher Monfort, the man accused of killing Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton in 2009.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that King County prosecutors can seek the death penalty against accused police killer Christopher Monfort. 

Monfort is charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of Seattle police officer Tim Brenton four years ago. The high court also wrote that a King County judge improperly intruded on the prosecutor’s discretion to pursue a capital case.

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