Virginia, With 2nd-Most Executions, Outlaws Death PenaltyThe governor signed legislation Wednesday making Virginia the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty, a dramatic shift for the commonwealth, which had the second-highest number of executions in the U.S.
Virginia House Joins Senate In Voting To End Death PenaltyVirginia moved another step closer to ending capital punishment on Friday when the state House joined the Senate in voting to abolish the death penalty.
Prosecutors Won't Seek Death Penalty In Sean Urbanski Case, Report SaysThe FBI did not find enough evidence to suggest federal hate crime charges be filed against Sean Urbanski.
Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible, Changing Church's StanceThe Church now teaches that "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person."
Trump Says US Should Consider Death Penalty For Drug DealersPresident Donald Trump praised other countries for imposing the death penalty or life in prison for drug dealers Saturday, saying the United States should consider similar penalties.
Prosecutors Move To Keep Death Penalty An Option In SlayingsProsecutors have moved to hold onto their ability to seek the death penalty against two cousins in the deaths of four men found buried on a Philadelphia-area farm, although attorneys have said a deal with one defendant would take capital punishment off the table.
Deadly Edgewood Shooting Incident Reignites Death Penalty DebateThe deadly workplace shooting in Harford County is sparking new debate about the death penalty with the state's attorney, the sheriff and a state senator saying Maryland is too lax on mass killers.
Arkansas Executes 2 Inmates On The Same Gurney, Hours ApartTwo inmates received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night about three hours apart as Arkansas completed the nation's first double execution since 2000
Arkansas Conducts First Execution Since 2005, Plans 3 MoreArkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation's most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976.
Arkansas Vows To Keep Pushing For Executions Despite SetbackArkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly 12 years with a ruling sparing an inmate just minutes before his death warrant was set to expire.
Bill Introduced To Reinstate Death Penalty In MarylandOne of the most controversial decisions in Maryland history is being revisited.
Florida Court: Jury Must Unanimously Agree on Death PenaltyThe fate of convicted killers on Florida's death row — as well as the fate of people awaiting trial for murder — was put in limbo Friday after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that death sentences require a unanimous jury.
O'Malley Calls Death Penalty 'Ineffective'Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he respects the verdict of the jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case but remains opposed to the death penalty and considers it "ineffective."
Man Accused Of Killing UVa. Student Now Faces Capital MurderProsecutors have upgraded the charges against Jesse Matthew to capital murder in the death of Hannah Graham.
Governor O'Malley Commutes Sentences Of Last Death Row Inmates It appears Maryland's death row will be empty in 2015.