Death Penalty

6:10am

Mon March 3, 2014
Law

With Death Penalty, How Should States Define Mental Disability?

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 9:11 am

Twelve years after banning the execution of the "mentally retarded," the U.S. Supreme Court is examining the question of who qualifies as having mental retardation, for purposes of capital cases, and who does not.

In 2002, the high court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that executing "mentally retarded" people is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. But the justices left it to the states to define mental retardation.

Now the court is focusing on what limits, if any, there are to those definitions.

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9:41am

Wed September 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Ohio, Other States Running Out Of Lethal Injection Drug

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 12:34 pm

The Texas death chamber in Huntsville, Texas, where death-row inmates receive lethal injections.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

After Ohio death row inmate Harry Mitts Jr. is executed on Wednesday, the state will have officially run out of pentobarbital — the lethal injection drug.

That's because the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck LLC, which manufactures the drug, has cut off its supply in deference to the European Union's opposition to capital punishment.

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12:26am

Tue August 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Court-Martial To Begin Tuesday In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 8:59 am

Maj. Nidal Hasan faces 13 charges of murder and 32 of attempted murder for the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.
Reuters/Landov

Former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with opening fire in a troop processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, and killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others in 2009.

Hasan is representing himself in the death penalty case.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn tells Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne that means Hasan will be questioning witnesses he is accused of shooting.

Hassan is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by a military police officer during the rampage.

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5:03pm

Fri August 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 5:22 pm

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle, on a yacht in Bodega Bay, Calif., in 2005. The two were part of a group hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman in February 2011.
Joe Grande AP

9:37am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty, Holder Tells Russia

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:00 am

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA/Landov

"The United States would not seek the death penalty for Mr. Snowden should he return to the United States," Attorney General Eric Holder has told his Russian counterpart in a letter about the "NSA leaker" who remains in legal limbo at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

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