NEWS: (3/17): Missouri executed Cecil Clayton, a defendant suffering from dementia, intellectual deficits, and severe brain damage. Four Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court would have granted him a stay.
(3/9). The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review Hurst v. Florida (No. 14-7505) to decide whether Florida's process for determining whether a defendant is eligible for the death penalty violates Ring v. Arizona (2002), which requires that such a determination be made beyond a reasonable doubt and be subject to a jury.
NEWS: (3/5). In two recent oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy has raised concerns about the extensive time inmates spend on death row and the relation between this time and the soundness of the death penalty system. Click here for his questions.
Pennsylvania Governor Halts Executions
UPDATE: (3/3). The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has left in place Gov. Wolf's reprieve of Terrence Williams, who was to be the next person executed in the state. The Court called for further arguments from the parties supporting and challenging the governor's action. Earlier: On February 13, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced a halt to all executions. He said the moratorium will continue until he has "received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment, established under Senate Resolution 6 of 2011, and there is an opportunity to address all concerns satisfactorily." See Governor Wolf's statement announcing the moratorium.
DPIC Podcast Series: We have begun a new set of podcasts on the death penalty in each state, each with interesting historical facts. The following are now available: Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Check out our podcasts now! Also listen to DPIC's podcasts on death penalty issues.