Noting that some 300 U.S. veterans are sitting on death row in prisons around the country, an advocacy group Tuesday called for greater efforts to assist battle-scarred former troops who are convicted of capital murder after their military service.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has finally settled on four barbiturates — amobarbital, pentobarbital, secobarbital and thiopental — as the poisons of choice for its proposed new method of executing people.
A list of four new lethal injection drugs proposed by the state of California on Friday all belong to a class of medications that once promised an end to anxiety, sleeplessness and certain mental illnesses but are now routinely used to end the lives of both the guilty and the innocent.
In my experience, drinking with a nun is not an ordinary occurrence, but, two weeks ago, I had the honor of sharing a bit of whiskey on the rocks with an extraordinary woman of faith, Sister Helen Prejean, as she wound down from another evening of agitating against the death penalty.
California’s death penalty system, plagued by delays and inadequate funding, may survive an appeals court’s scrutiny because of legal rules that limit federal oversight, a U.S. court panel indicated Monday.
We aren’t there yet, but a new Field Poll finds fewer Californians – 56% – support the death penalty today than at any time since the Nixon administration, and down from a high of 83% during the mid-1980s.