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#Death Penalty

# death-penalty - Saturday 31 December, 2016

30 years ago most Irish people wanted garda killers to be executed

The death penalty wasn’t abolished in Ireland until 1990.

# death-penalty - Monday 26 December, 2016

Crime, murder and the end of the Civil War: The story of the first man hanged by the Irish Free State

Author Colm Wallace tells the story of soldier-turned-criminal William Downes.

# death-penalty - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Woman says she smothered three sons as she "didn't want to see them suffer"

Brittany Pilkington’s defence are attempting to have her police confession excluded by the court.

# death-penalty - Friday 19 August, 2016

Texas plans to execute a man who never killed anyone

Jeffrey Woods is said to be severely mentally disabled and have an IQ of a child.

# death-penalty - Saturday 11 June, 2016

'Hanging is too mild for such a savage': The story of the youngest man executed by the Irish State

William O’Neill was executed four days after Christmas, on the 29 December 1927. He was 19 years old.

# death-penalty - Friday 13 May, 2016

'1,000 days have felt like 1,000 years' - Irish student still in Egyptian prison

Ibrahim Halawa’s trial is expected to take place at the end of June, nearly three years after he was imprisoned.

# death-penalty - Tuesday 12 April, 2016

Man with reading age of nine-year-old to be executed in Georgia tonight

47-year-old Kenneth Fults pleaded guilty in 1997 to killing his neighbour.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 6 April, 2016

50% more people were executed last year than in 2014

Amnesty International has said that 1,634 people were executed in 25 countries last year.

# death-penalty - Monday 28 March, 2016

The man who lived: How one convicted murderer escaped Ireland's death penalty

Patrick Aylward, 63, was accused of burning a young child to death.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 16 March, 2016

Convicted murderer Romell Broom survived one execution but he now faces a second Lethal Injection This post contains videos

Convicted murderer Romell Broom survived one execution but he now faces a second

Ohio first tried to execute him in 2009.

# death-penalty - Thursday 10 March, 2016

Poll: Are you in favour of the death penalty? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you in favour of the death penalty?

A man who murdered five people has been executed in Texas – do you agree with the death penalty?

# death-penalty - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

Georgia has just executed its oldest death row inmate Lethal Injection This post contains videos

Georgia has just executed its oldest death row inmate

Brandon Astor Jones (72) had been in jail for over 36 years.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 2 December, 2015

US politician has a plan for immigrant criminals who re-enter illegally: Execute them

One local political leader called the comments “vile, hateful and downright deplorable.”

# death-penalty - Wednesday 18 November, 2015

Man on death row barred from having a six-pack of beer with his last meal

“His request was declined as alcohol is a contraband item…”

# death-penalty - Thursday 1 October, 2015

Execution postponed after the wrong lethal injection drug was sent to prison

Richard Glossip claims he’s innocent.

# death-penalty - Thursday 24 September, 2015

The Pope brought up some controversial topics with US politicians today

He gave his views on the death penalty and immigration, amongst other issues.

# death-penalty - Tuesday 22 September, 2015

Pakistan wants to hang a paraplegic wheelchair user

Abdul Basit has been given a last-minute reprieve after appeals by Human Rights groups.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 16 September, 2015

This man's execution has been put on hold at the last minute as new evidence emerges

The court said it granted the request “in order for this court to give fair consideration” to his claims.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Boston bomber says sorry for the first time before being formally sentenced to death

21 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will receive his formal death sentence later today.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

"He can rot in hell" - Man who killed girlfriend and her two-year-old with a butcher knife is executed

Richard Strong’s daughter has said it’s unfair that she should now be orphaned.

# death-penalty - Friday 15 May, 2015

Timeline: How police caught the Boston bombers

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to the death penalty over the killings.

# death-penalty - Thursday 14 May, 2015

Australia tells Johnny Depp's dogs to "b***er off" or be euthanised

Depp brought them into the country without declaring them to quarantine officials.

# death-penalty - Tuesday 12 May, 2015

Nun portrayed in Dead Man Walking movie says Boston bomber is remorseful

A jury will decide if he should be sentenced to death or life without parole.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 29 April, 2015

Seven foreigners condemned to death sang hymns before being executed by firing squad

Australia has withdrawn its ambassador, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott says relations between the two nations have entered a ‘dark hour’.

# death-penalty - Monday 27 April, 2015

Australia's Bali Nine ringleaders will die tomorrow despite corruption claims

The pair’s sentencing judge allegedly asked for huge bribes in return for lighter penalties.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Prosecutors use photo of Boston bomber giving the finger to push for death penalty

One prosecutor says it shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as “unconcerned, unrepentant, and unchanged.”

# death-penalty - Monday 6 April, 2015

Two of Australia's 'Bali Nine' drug smugglers just lost their death-row appeals

The pair face the firing squad in Indonesia after their convictions.

# death-penalty - Sunday 29 March, 2015

Trial postponed for fifth time as Ibrahim pleads 'They're killing me here, they're torturing me'

The 19-year-old from Tallaght has been held in Egypt since August 2013.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Poll: Should countries be allowed to execute foreign citizens? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should countries be allowed to execute foreign citizens?

Two Australian citizens are currently facing this situation in Indonesia.

Utah has brought back the firing squad - so how does it work?

The firing squad will be used as a backup if lethal injection drugs aren’t available.

# death-penalty - Sunday 8 March, 2015

Which countries execute people? And how do they do it?

There were 3,000 estimated executions last year.

# death-penalty - Monday 22 December, 2014

Pakistan plans to execute 500 terrorists following school massacre

Six men were hanged at the weekend.

# death-penalty - Thursday 4 September, 2014

Executioners in Oklahoma's botched execution couldn't inject the needle properly

They injected Clayton Lockett in the flesh instead of the vein and he died of a heart attack 45 minutes later.

# death-penalty - Sunday 10 August, 2014

The State of Texas may have executed an innocent man - but won't pardon him

Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted of murdering his three daughters on the back of disputed evidence.

# death-penalty - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Poll: Should the US suspend lethal injections? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the US suspend lethal injections?

Concern has been raised by a number of incidents in which the injections did not go to plan.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

US carries out first executions since botched lethal injection

The last minute appeals in Georgia and Missouri both failed, and the two men were put to death overnight.

# death-penalty - Friday 23 May, 2014

Tennessee becomes first US state to bring back electric chair

It’s because European manufacturers have refused to provide common drugs for use in US executions.

# death-penalty - Thursday 15 May, 2014

News organisations take Missouri to court over lethal injection policy

The origin of execution drugs has been brought into sharp focus after a number of botched killings.

# death-penalty - Thursday 8 May, 2014

After botched executions, Boston bombing suspect asks US to rule out death penalty

Federal death penalty cases are relatively rare in the United States, and are often reserved for the most heinous and notorious crimes.

# death-penalty - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

White House says botched execution wasn't humane, but maintains support for death penalty

President Barack Obama believes the death penalty doesn’t deter crime, but still supports it in some cases.