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  • June 29, 2015

    The Supreme Court's big death-penalty fight just exploded into the open

    A bench fight between Breyer and Scalia shows that justices are fed up with tinkering around the edges and want to take on the death penalty itself

  • June 29, 2015

    Justice Scalia: The death penalty deters crime. Experts: No, it doesn’t.

    Most criminologists disagree with Scalia.

  • June 29, 2015

    Scalia says Breyer and Ginsburg's death penalty dissent "rejects the Enlightenment"

    Some characteristic strong rhetoric from Justice Scalia.

  • June 29, 2015

    How a shortage of lethal injection drugs put the death penalty before the Supreme Court

    A drug shortage led states to try new, experimental methods.

  • June 29, 2015

    4 percent of death sentences go to innocent people

    A new study finds that if everyone sentenced to death got their cases scrutinized for the next twenty years, at least 4 percent of them would likely get exonerated. And false-conviction rates are probably higher for other cases.

  • June 29, 2015

    Sotomayor: OK’s lethal injections are “chemical equivalent of being burned at the stake"

    But the Supreme Court is letting the state go ahead with them anyway.

  • June 29, 2015

    Read: SCOTUS decision sides with Oklahoma on using experimental lethal injection drugs

    SCOTUS rules 5-4 upholding use of controversial lethal injection drug

  • June 29, 2015

    Supreme Court upholds use of controversial lethal injection drug

    Oklahoma and other states are using untested drugs to kill prisoners. Is that a necessary response to a drug shortage, or cruel and unusual punishment?

  • May 28, 2015

    The death penalty in America: expensive, racially skewed, and still popular

    How it works — and doesn't work — explained in charts.

  • April 29, 2014

    Oklahoma's hardly the first to botch an execution

    The execution gone horribly awry in Oklahoma isn't even close to the first.