Death Penalty

Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Bill Pelke of Anchorage, Alaska expresses his opposition to the death penalty during a protest near the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana where Daniel Lewis Lee was scheduled to be executed on July 13, 2020. Lee was ultimately killed the following morning after an overnight decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Condemning the state-sanctioned murder of Daniel Lewis Lee, critics accused the high court of enabling the DOJ to "short-circuit federal appellate process to allow it to execute people in the middle of a global pandemic."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Abraham Bonowitz of Columbus, Ohio, joins fellow members of the Abolitionist Action Committee during an annual protest and hunger strike against the death penalty outside the U.S. Supreme Court July 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The committee has been organizing the "Starvin' for Justice: Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty" protest for 26 years.
"We haven't had a federal execution in 17 years: There is absolutely no reason...
Jessica Corbett, staff writer
President Donald Trump makes a statement with Attorney General William Barr in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
"It built a secret supply chain for the lethal drugs so that participating...


A jury has sentenced neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. to life plus 419 years for killing Heather Heyer and injuring 35 others when he rammed his car into a crowd at the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The sentencing of Fields, convicted last week of first degree murder, came after emotional testimony from his victims. "Heather was full of love, justice, and fairness," said her mother Susan Bro. "Mr. Fields tried to silence her. I refuse to allow that."