Nov 6, 2012 — Maine and Maryland are the first states to approve marriage rights for same-sex couples by popular vote. Voters in Colorado and Washington state pass measures legalizing marijuana usage for any purpose, while a similar proposal is rejected in Oregon.
Sep 23, 2011 — Death penalty opponents seized on the execution of Davis, whose conviction of killing a police officer was based on questionable eyewitness accounts, as an event that could turn the tide against state-sponsored executions. History, however, suggests that despite outrage in some quarters over the killing of Davis and other executions, public opinion will remain firmly supportive.
Sep 25, 2012 — The U.S. Supreme Court will not halt the execution of Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster, something it has previously done. Foster, 48, has insisted that he is innocent in the 2002 shooting death of Nyaneur Pal, 30.
May 15, 2012 — The Columbia Human Rights Law Review has posted online a 400-page, multi-media investigation that concludes it was mistake to have put Carlos DeLuna to death in 1989 for the murder of Corpus Christi convenience store clerk Wanda Lopez.
Sep 23, 2011 — Outrage over the huge meal ordered by white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer before his execution has brought an end to the practice. From now on, prisoners will be served what other inmates are getting.
Sep 22, 2011 — As protesters argued that the Georgia man's guilt was in doubt, the victim's loved ones found some closure. Troy Davis was executed for the killing of a police officer in 1989.