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UK Group Says It's Suing Over US Execution Drug

LONDON - (AP) A group opposed to the death penalty filed suit Tuesday to try to prevent a British company from exporting a drug that could be used in the execution of an American inmate. Reprieve, a London-based rights group, and the London law firm Leigh Day & Co. are suing in the ... Subscribers...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Federal Court Grants California Prison Extension and Washington State Halts Death Penalty

FEDERAL COURT GRANTS CA PRISON EXTENSION: After enduring numerous rejections over the last three years, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) finally got a federal court to give him more time to ease the Golden State's longstanding prison overcrowding problem. A three-judge federal panel last Monday granted...

Jay Shapiro on Hall v. Florida: The Death Penalty and the Intellectually Disabled Revisited by the Supreme Court

"No legitimate penological purpose is served by executing a person with intellectual disability." -Justice Kennedy, writing for the Court in Hall v. Florida , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. "[W]hat counts are our society's standards—which is to say...

Federal Judge Declares California's Death Penalty System Unconstitutional

In a bold and far-reaching opinion last week, California Federal Judge Cormac J. Carney upended California’s Death Penalty System, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Judge Carney entered the ruling in response to the petition for...

Tennessee Supreme Court Affirms Death Penalty For Mentally Disabled Man

When a jury alternatively convicted Rickey Bell, Jr., of first degree felony murder during kidnapping and first degree felony murder during rape, he contended that he was not eligible for the death penalty because he was intellectually disabled. This was because, when Bell once took the Weschsler Intelligence...