death penalty

Alabama Judge Opposed to Death Penalty Set for Ethics Trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —  An Alabama judge accused of violating judicial rules with her criticism of the death penalty is going before a disciplinary court on ethics charges. A complaint before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary on Monday says Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tracie Todd wrongly became embroiled in the capital punishment debate. It also says she issued erroneous…

Woman gets Life Sentence for Helping Husband Plan Killings

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman has received a life sentence for helping her husband plan the 2015 killings of his estranged pregnant wife, her unborn child and three others. Forty-eight-year-old Rhonda Carlson avoided the death penalty in a deal with prosecutors in exchange for testifying against her husband, Christopher Henderson, prior to his trial. She admitted to helping…

US Carries Out its 1st Execution of Female Inmate Since 1953

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – The U.S. government has carried out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades. Authorities executed a Kansas woman who strangled an expectant mother in Missouri and cut the baby from her womb. Lisa Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex…

UPDATE: Alabama Executes Inmate Convicted in Killing of 3 officers

Photo: Alabama Department of CorrectionsA man convicted in the 2004 shooting deaths of three police officers in which another man pulled the trigger has been executed in Alabama. Authorities said 43-year-old Nathaniel Woods was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. CST Thursday after a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore. Woods was convicted of capital murder in the deaths…

Changemakers: Bryan Stevenson

Usually when we hear lawyers say they’ll “fight for you,” they’re referring to personal injury, but when Public Interest Attorney Bryan Stevenson says he’ll fight for you, it’s about protecting a client’s basic human rights. For more than 30 years, he and his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative which is based in Montgomery, have helped those who’ve been dealt a…

Proposed Bill Would Speed up the Death Penalty Process

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth is making a push to reduce the time it takes for a death row inmate to be put to death. The proposed bill would make three main provisions to the current system to make it happen. “This Bill has been designed to proved both equal justice to inmates, and swift justice to their victims,” says…

Alabama Won’t Release Contract Related to Executions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama attorney general’s office says it will not release to the news media a copy of a contract related to death penalty litigation. The attorney general’s office on Tuesday cited security reasons for refusing a records request from The Associated Press for a copy of a $25,000 contract with a Tennessee firm specializing in occupational…