Death Penalty

Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the funeral of Hisham Barakat in Cairo on Tuesday. (Photo: Egyptian Presidency/EPA)
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed Tuesday to escalate his clampdown on dissent and political opposition by expediting the process of putting people to death. The announcement is the latest sign the U.S.-backed head of state is enforcing full-blown authoritarian rule, which some analysts warn is the worst the country has seen in 60 years...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Plaintiffs argued that use of midazolam for lethal injections violations the constitutional prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. (Photo: James Heilman, MD/Wikimedia Commons)
In the most closely-watched death penalty case in years, the U.S. Supreme Court...
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Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts says that last week's repeal of the...


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..."