BREAKING NEWS (8/3): The case of James Holmes in the Aurora, CO, movie theater shooting will move forward to a final phase in which relatives of the murder victims will provide testimony about the impact of the shootings on their lives. After hearing victim-impact testimony, the jury will weigh the aggravating and mitigating circumstances to decide whether to sentence Holmes to life without parole or death. If all 12 jurors agree to sentence Holmes to death, he will receive a death sentence. Otherwise, Colorado law requires that a life sentence be imposed.
NEWS (7/16): The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has STAYED the execution of Clifton Williams. His attorneys raised questions about the accuracy of prior DNA evidence.
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.