Posts Tagged:death penalty

Oklahoma Pardon And Parole Board Votes To Hold Enhanced Second Commutation Hearing In Julius Jones Case

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Monday to give death row prisoner Julius Jones a longer second stage commutation hearing to better understand the details of his case. Jones was convicted of murdering Edmond man Paul Howell in 1999. Jones claims he is innocent. The board already voted to move Julius Jones to the…Read More

Biden administration seeks death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

The Justice Department recently asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. Tsarnaev’s death sentence had been handed down by federal jury a lower court, and the Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate it, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday. The…Read More

Julius Jones’ commutation hearing rescheduled to September to allow for enhanced process

Julius Jones’ commutation hearing has been rescheduled to September 13, after originally being scheduled for June. “It’s a little bit longer. It’s three months away instead of next month,” Jimmy Lawson, Julius Jones’ best friend, told KFOR on Thursday. “The positive side is that we will still get our chance to have a hearing.” Jones…Read More

Charleston diocese ‘extremely disappointed’ with law recommencing executions

South Carolina on Monday became the fourth state to officially sanction the use of the firing squad as a method of execution. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed into law a bill allowing the state to execute death row inmates by electrocution or firing squad, if the drugs used for lethal injection are not available. Previously,…Read More

Dems Move to End Federal Death Penalty

More than 70 House and Senate Democrats announced Tuesday that they will reintroduce a bill ending the federal death penalty, enacting one of President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign promises. Spearheaded by incoming Senate majority whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and democratic socialist congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), the bill would prohibit a sentence of death for any federal…Read More