Death Penalty

Jon Queally, staff writer
Convicted killer Joseph Wood, sentenced to death in Arizona, had his stated fears realized on Wednesday night when it took nearly two hours for him to die—"gulping for air" and "snorting" hundreds of times—after the state administered its experimental lethal injection cocktail. Lawyers for Wood had challenged the state's use of the mostly untested...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
A top federal judge on Monday issued an evocative and forthright attack on the...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that California's death penalty system...

Further

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..."

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