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# Death Penalty

This year
Families of those killed in 9/11 attacks split over plea deal that excludes death penalty
The prospect of more delays sharpened last week when a military judge in a separate Guantanamo case rejected torture-tainted confessions.
Man who killed 11 Jewish worshippers at a US synagogue in 2018 sentenced to death
Robert Bowers methodically tracked down his victims at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, shooting many times from close range.
Singapore executes a woman for the first time in nearly 20 years
The execution was carried out despite appeals from rights groups, who argue capital punishment has no proven deterrent effect on crime.
US: Oklahoma executes convicted murderer with another set to die in Alabama today
Jemaine Cannon, who was executed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, is one of two death row inmates scheduled to die today.
Man executed in Singapore for co-ordinating 1kg delivery of cannabis
Tangaraju Suppiah, 46, was sentenced to death in 2018 for abetting the trafficking of one kilogram of cannabis.
Oklahoma executes man who murdered elderly couple almost 20 years ago
Scott Eizember, 62, was given a lethal injection at McAlester Penitentiary.
Former Texas police officer who hired hitmen to kill wife is executed
Robert Fratta (65) was killed by lethal injection in Huntsville.
Last year
US court rules 19-year-old daughter cannot witness execution of her father
Kevin Johnson was sentenced to death for the 2005 murder of a white policeman in Missouri.
FactCheck: Iranian protesters have been arrested & killed, but 15,000 aren't sentenced to death
Justin Trudeau helped spread the claim, but later deleted his tweet.
Alabama prison calls off lethal injection after struggling to access inmate's veins
Prison officials made the decision before last night’s midnight deadline.
Alabama executes man despite objections of victim's family
Joe Nathan James was sentenced to death in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Faith Hall.
Singapore executes disabled Malaysian man over drugs conviction
Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam had been on death row for more than a decade after being convicted of trafficking 1.5oz of heroin into the city state.
Singapore court dismisses mentally disabled man's death sentence appeal
Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam was arrested in 2009 for trafficking heroin into the city-state.
US Supreme Court reinstates death sentence for man who bombed Boston Marathon
The justices agreed that a federal appeals court was wrong to throw out the sentence of death a jury imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
All time
Japan executes three prisoners for first time since 2019
Japan and the US are the only members of the G7 group of developed countries that still use the death penalty.
Convicted murderer executed in Missouri despite pleas for clemency
Ernest Lee Johnson, 61, was executed for the 1994 murders of three convenience store workers.
Virginia becomes 23rd US state to abolish the death penalty
The state had previously had the second highest number of executions in the US.
Man executed by the US in Trump’s final days in office despite pleas for clemency
Four more federal executions are set to be carried out before Joe Biden is inaugurated next month.
US judge halts federal executions hours before resumption
The US government was expected to appeal against the decision in a bid to carry out the first such execution since 2003.
Texas resumes executions after months-long shutdown due to Covid-19
Billy Joe Wardlow, convicted for murder, was given the lethal injection yesterday evening.
Missouri executes man whose last words were to maintain his innocence
Walter Barton was convicted of murder at a fifth trial in 2006 but maintained his innocence.
Saudi Arabia makes move to abolish death penalty for minors
The decision follows another ordering judges to end the practice of flogging.
Man who murdered 19 people at disability care home in Japan is sentenced to death
The court ruled that the former employee of the facility deserved no leniency.
Florida to execute serial killer who preyed on older, gay men along US east coast
Gary Ray Bowles left six dead over a six-month killing spree.
The US government is to start executions again and five murderers have already been given deathdays
The executions will be carried out by a single lethal injection.
US mother asks that ex-husband who murdered their five children be spared death penalty
Timothy Jones Jr. was convicted of five counts of murder last week.
Alabama had to call off an execution at the last minute after it was unable to lift a court order
The bid to stop the execution centred on the inmate’s request to inhale nitrogen gas rather than face lethal injection.
'A human rights pariah': Brunei implements death by stoning for gay sex and adultery
The laws will make Brunei the first country in East or Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level.
Temporary reprieve for more than 700 death row inmates as California suspends executions
The west-coast state hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006, but 25 inmates have exhausted all of their appeals.
Alabama executed a Muslim inmate and refused his request to have an imam in the chamber
The state had a Christian chaplain present instead.
'Hostage politics': Campaigners condemn death penalty for Canadian citizen in China
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was convicted of drug smuggling.
Death row inmate chooses electric chair over lethal injection, second inmate to do so in last two months
Both David Earl Miller and Edmund Zagorski before him chose the electric chair over lethal injection.
Texas executes Mexican man who killed his wife and two young children
Mexico and human rights groups have long maintained that Roberto Ramos was not informed of his legal rights.
Man executed in Nebraska prison using untested lethal injection
Carey Dean Moore received a lethal concoction containing diazepam, fentanyl and potassium chloride.
UK suspends cooperation with US over fears 'The Beatles' Isis suspects could be executed
The two suspected British jihadists were captured by US-backed Syrian forces.
Indonesian cleric sentenced to death over terror attack
Four people died in the attack at a Starbucks café in 2016.
India approves death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12
Violent crime against women has been on the rise in India despite tough laws enacted in 2013.
Almost 1,000 executions were recorded last year, including beheadings and lethal injections
Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan – in that order.
Death row prisoner who hired hitman to kill his family given last-minute reprieve
His father appealed for his life.
Florida killer yells 'murderers!' as he is put to death
Eric Scott Branch killed a 21-year-old in 1993.