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China, world’s top executioner, says death penalty deters crime

China defended the death penalty Thursday as a traditional deterrent, after a report said its annual executions had again far exceeded the rest of the world’s combined. Beijing judicially put to death thousands of people in 2013 compared to a total of 778 elsewhere, the campaign group Amnesty International said…

Death penalty decline holds steady in 2013, but there’s disagreement over why

Thirty-nine people were executed in the United States this year – down from a peak of 98 in 1999. To detractors of the death penalty, it’s one indicator of a trend away from the use of capital punishment. To supporters, the decline largely reflects…  …

Americans’ support for death penalty lowest in 40 years

Support for the death penalty is at a four-decade low in the United States, though most Americans — three out of five — still favor it, a new Gallup poll out Tuesday found. Sixty percent of Americans say they back capital punishment for convicted killers; that is the lowest figure…

Majority of U.S. executions come from just 2 percent of counties

The arbitrary nature of the death penalty as practiced in the US is laid bare in a new study that shows that just 2% of counties across the nation have generated most of the executions in the past 40 years. A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center in…

Holder promises not to pursue death penalty against Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden would not face the death penalty or be tortured and would have all the protections of the U.S. civilian court system if he were sent home, the chief U.S. prosecutor wrote in a letter to his Russian counterpart this week. In…

Colorado theater shooter to face trial in August

A US judge entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday on behalf of alleged Aurora theater gunman James Holmes, and set an August date for him to stand trial over the horrific massacre. The 25-year-old’s lawyers said they were not yet ready to enter a plea at Holmes’s arraignment for…

India’s President approves death penalty in some rape cases

India’s president on Sunday approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi sparked national outrage and triggered demands for tougher laws. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the new rape law two days after cabinet ministers recommended changes to improve safety…

Fort Hood shooter loses bid to avoid death penalty

An army psychiatrist accused of massacring 13 people at Fort Hood has once again lost a bid to have the death penalty taken off the table, a military judge ruled Wednesday. Colonel Tara Osborn denied the request in a hearing on the sprawling Texas army base where Major Nidal Hasan…

Science ‘lacking’ on whether death penalty deters murder

WASHINGTON — Scientific research to date provides no useful conclusion on whether the death penalty reduces or boosts the murder rate, said a report by the US National Academy of Sciences on Wednesday. A committee of scientists reviewed research done over the past 35 years and found it was “not…

Japan executes first prisoners since 2010

Japan resumed its use of capital punishment after a 20-month break on Thursday, with an unapologetic government minister signing death warrants for three multiple murderers. The convicts went to the gallows on the orders of the justice minister, who said he was acting in line with public opinion, which overwhelmingly supports the death penalty.…

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