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Texas executes 500th prisoner, Kimberly McCarthy (audio)

This week Texas reached a grim milestone when the state put to death a woman inmate as its 500th execution since 1976.

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Supreme Court says Mumia death sentence is unconstitutional

Philadelphia prosecutors now have a choice of holding a new sentencing hearing or allowing the former Black Panther to serve a life sentence without parole.

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Groups launch effort to prevent execution of Troy Davis

This is Davis's fourth execution date since 2007. The gun used to kill the police officer was never found, nor any physical evidence linking Davis to the murder.

Texas violates treaty, executes Mexican citizen

Rick Perry allowed the Thursday evening execution of a Mexican national, even though the action violated U.S. treaty obligations.

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Illinois abolishes the death penalty

"With our broken system, we cannot ensure justice is achieved in every case," Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said.

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Illinois: One pen away from abolishing the death penalty

Lawmakers are poised to make Illinois the first state to end capital punishment since 2009.

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Illinois House moves to abolish death penalty

CHICAGO - In a landmark vote Jan. 6, the Illinois House passed a measure to abolish the death penalty in the state.

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California's new top cop is "on the people's side"

Kamala Harris vows to insure "the law of this state is on the side of the people."

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Death Row inmate Troy Davis faces execution, again

Troy Davis, an African American man on Georgia's death row, faces execution, again, after a federal judge ruled yesterday, Aug. 25, in a Supreme Court ordered appeal.

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Death row inmate Troy Davis hearing set for Wednesday

Troy Davis, an African American inmate held on Georgia's death row for nearly two decades, will have chance to win his freedom Wednesday.

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