Death Penalty

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote late Thursday to allow Arkansas to execute Ledell Lee, a man who maintained his innocence until the end.
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
"I've never beheld such a powerful official hankering to kill and kill now as was evident Monday night in the political leadership of Arkansas," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett wrote Tuesday. (Photo: javacolleen/cc/flickr)
Despite state leaders' "hankering to kill," the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday...
Lauren McCauley, 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)
A federal judge on Saturday issued an injunction blocking Arkansas from its...


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..."