Death Penalty

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison. (Photo: CA Dept of Corrections/Public Domain)
The family of Clayton Lockett, an Oklahoma death row inmate who in April was killed in a botched execution, is suing those who participated in his death, including a board-certified physician, saying they violated numerous treaties including those established at the post-World War II Nuremberg trials. In his lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
After spending over 30 years behind bars, Henry McCollum and Leon Brown— two...
Jon Queally, staff writer
Convicted killer Joseph Wood, sentenced to death in Arizona, had his stated...


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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