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Maddow: Supreme Court stops two Texas executions in one week

With the impending execution of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis dominating headlines in the U.S., sadly few have noticed that not one, but two executions in Texas have been put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court in the last seven days. Discussing the politics of capital punishment in the…

Alabama executes man for 1986 double murder

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – A man who kidnapped, robbed and killed an eastern Alabama couple in 1986 was executed by lethal injection on Thursday. William Glenn Boyd, 45, was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. local time at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, just hours after his last-minute request…

Court won’t review appeal of mentally impaired man sentenced to death

Supreme Court won’t review case of Texas death row inmate who may be mentally impaired The Supreme Court won’t review a claim by a Texas death row inmate who says his mental impairment should prevent his execution. The court said Monday won’t hear an appeal from Michael Wayne Hall. A…

US death row inmate loses bid to prove his innocence

A court ruled Tuesday that Troy Davis, a death row inmate given a rare second chance by the US Supreme Court, had failed to prove his innocence, clearing the way for his execution. A highly unusual hearing was ordered in June for Davis, who has been on death row since…

Illinois inmate bleeds to death as guards ignore him, offer no medication at all for weeks

For days before he died from internal bleeding in a federal prison, Adam Montoya pleaded with guards to be taken to a doctor, pressing a panic button in his cell over and over to summon help that never came. An autopsy concluded that the 36-year-old inmate suffered from no fewer…

Supreme Court to decide Mumia Abu-Jamal’s fate

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court is expected on Tuesday to issue its latest decision on the fate of Mumia Abu-Jamal, arguably America’s most famous death-row inmate, convicted of slaying a Philadelphia policeman, a crime he denies committing. The court is due to rule on an appeal by the…

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