Death Penalty

Jon Queally, staff writer
Pending the outcome of a challenge to the drug cocktail being used by the state of Oklahoma to carry out death sentences, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued stays of execution for three men, including one slated to be killed Thursday. "Rather than continuing a practice that has been abandoned in all but a few counties—and risking more...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during his trip to Riyadh January 27, 2015. (Photo: Saudi Press Agency)
In the five days since Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud took...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Warren Hill was executed by the state of Georgia on Tuesday despite his life-long intellectual disability. (Photo: Georgia Department of Corrections)
Warren Hill was killed Tuesday after the state carried out a four year fight to...


In the wake of Oklahoma's mangled killing of Clayton Lockett, John Oliver took on the death penalty on his show Last Week Tonight . Among the hard questions he asks: Should this be allowed in a civilized society, and why is a comedy show talking about this? "It costs up to 10 times more to give someone the death penalty than life in prison. So what we know now is the death penalty is expensive, potentially kills innocent people, and doesn't deter crime. And here is where it gets hard..."