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Oregon Bans Death Penalty
November 23, 2011
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber imposed a moratorium on all executions in the state, saying the death penalty is arbitrary, expensive, and "fails to meet basic standards of justice."
No Calif. Executions Expected In 2012
November 3, 2011
California isn't expected to execute any of its death row residents in 2012, as the state's legal wrangling over the drugs used in lethal injections will likely continue throughout the year.
San Antonio Cop's Killer Executed
October 27, 2011
The street gang member who fatally shot a San Antonio Police sergeant and his wife after he "just went crazy" was executed tonight in Texas. Frank Garcia shot Sgt. Hector Garza in the head, he later told investigators, because he knew the officer would be wearing a ballistic vest.
Man Charged with Shotgun Killing of Pa. Cop Eligible for Death Penalty
October 25, 2011
The man facing trial for fatally shooting a Freemansburg Borough (Pa.) Police officer in the head, while the officer was attempting to subdue his two dogs, is eligible for the death penalty.
Ala. Man who Ran Down Deputy Apologizes To Family
October 5, 2011
A day after he was convicted of running over and killing a Lee County Sheriff's deputy, Lance Henderson offered an emotional apology to the deputy's family. Henderson said, "I want to tell the family that I'm very sorry, and I ask that you one day will learn to forgive me."
Fla. Cop Killer Executed, Declared Dead at 7:15 p.m.
September 28, 2011
Manuel Valle, 61, was put to death by lethal injection at Florida State Prison for the murder of Officer Louis Pena, who had pulled Valle over for running a red light in 1978.
Fla. To Execute Cop Killer 30 Years After Death Sentence Given
September 27, 2011
A man who killed a Coral Gables (Fla.) Police officer at a traffic stop is set to serve his sentence on Wednesday, eight weeks after his initial execution date. Manuel Valle is set to receive an injection of a new mixture of lethal drugs.
Ga. Cop Killer Executed, Proclaims Innocence From Gurney
September 21, 2011
Moments before state-administered lethal drugs ended his life, the man convicted of killing a Savannah police officer proclaimed his innocence from a gurney and asked for mercy for those about to kill him.
Ga. Parole Board to Determine Fate of Convicted Cop Killer
September 19, 2011
Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles is now meeting to determine whether to grant clemency to Troy Anthony Davis or allow his execution set for Wednesday to go forward as planned. Davis sits on death row for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer, Mark Allen MacPhail.
Man Charged In Killing Memphis Officer Eligible for Death Penalty
July 6, 2011
The 22-year-old man accused of killing a police officer and his wife's ex-husband will face two charges of first-degree murder, which could bring the death penalty.
Poplawski Gets Death for Killing 3 Pittsburgh Officers
June 29, 2011
A jury gave Richard Poplawski a death sentence for the ambush killing of three Pittsburgh Police officers two years ago. The panel of seven men and five women brought in from Dauphin County announced their decision at 6:59 p.m. Tuesday.
Jurors Consider Death for Poplawski, After Guilty Verdict
June 27, 2011
Deputy District Attorney Mark V. Tranquilli urged jurors to give Richard Poplawski the death penalty for gunning down three Pittsburgh Police officers in a hail of gunfire at his home in April 2009.
Delaware Cop's Killer Gets Death
May 22, 2011
Sussex County Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves sentenced Derrick Powell to death for the September 2009 killing on Friday.
Oregon Death Row Inmate Wants to Drop Appeals
May 10, 2011
Gary Haugen, an inmate sentenced to Oregon's death row for the 2003 killing of a fellow prisoner, is expected to waive all future appeals of his death sentence at a hearing Friday in a move that could clear the way for Oregon's first execution since 1997.
California Won't Resume Executions This Year
May 4, 2011
The request by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to delay review of newly revised lethal-injection protocols until January at the earliest follows a decision last week by Gov. Jerry Brown to scrap plans to build a new death row facility at San Quentin State Prison.
California Sentences More To Die, Executes None
December 30, 2010
The state's death chamber was idle for a fifth year, because of legal challenges of lethal injection practices and a nationwide shortage of the key drug used in the three-injection procedure.
Dealth Penalty Opponent Wins California AG Race
November 24, 2010
Steve Cooley's senior campaign adviser announced that decision in a media conference call Wednesday morning, saying the candidate lost primarily because of higher Democratic turnout and the more liberal California voters.
Supreme Court Makes Mumia Abu-Jamal Death Sentence Possible
January 20, 2010
The Supreme Court threw out a 2008 ruling by an appeals court in Philadelphia that had set aside the death sentence of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The justices ordered the appeals court to revisit the ruling, which had said Abu-Jamal deserved a new hearing.
Convicted Texas Cop Killer Gets Death Row Reprieve
September 24, 2009
The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday night stopped the scheduled execution of Texas death row inmate Kenneth Mosley a day before he was to receive lethal injection for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer.
Texas Police Widow Struggles as Execution of Husband's Killer Nears
September 15, 2009
Sheila Moore has managed pretty well in the dozen years since her husband, Garland, Texas, police Officer Michael "David" Moore, was shot to death trying to prevent a bank robbery.
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