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BREAKING NEWS (11/19): Georgia has executed Marcus Lee Johnson. He is the 4th person executed by Georgia and the 27th executed in the United States in 2015.
NEWS (11/18): Texas has executed Raphael Holiday. He is the 13th person executed by Texas and the 26th executed in the United States in 2015.
NEWS (11/12): The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has reversed the lower court decision in Jones v. Davis that had declared California's death penalty unconstitutional. The decision was on procedural grounds and did not address the underlying question of whether or not California's death penalty is constitutional as currently administered.
NEWS (11/3): The United States Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution to Ernest Johnson to permit him to challenge Missouri's execution procedures in his case. Johnson has a brain tumor that has caused brain damage and scarring and he alleges that lethal injection with pentobarbital may induce violent seizures and create a constitutionally unacceptable risk of extreme pain.
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.