Tuesday night, Oklahoma botched the execution of a convicted murderer and stayed the execution of a second man until an investigation of the episode is completed. NPR’s coverage of the story is here.
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Apr 26, 2007 — A St. Lawrence County man allegedly shot three police officers over the past 36 hours. One is dead. Governor Spitzer cut short events in New York City to meet with the family of the surviving state trooper at the hospital, then issued an update to the media. Go to full article
Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff, age 29 (Photo: NYS Police)
Apr 26, 2007 — The state's top court suspended New York's death penalty in 2004. After this week's police shootings, Senate Republicans are calling for Governor Spitzer's support on new legislation that would allow capital punishment for convicted cop killers. As Jonathan Brown reports, a new law would have to satisfy a series of legal requirements. Go to full article
Jan 19, 2006 — Two recent executions in California drew attention from around the world. Former gang leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams was put to death despite continued pleas from supporters that he had reformed and become a powerful voice against the violence he once practiced. Nearly blind and deaf Clarence Ray Allen was the oldest man ever executed in California. He was 76. His lawyers maintained that putting a sick old man to death constituted cruel and unusual punishment. But it wasn't these arguments that pushed Paul Hetzler to send us this commentary. Go to full article
Apr 05, 2005 — The State Assembly released a final report on hearings it held recently on whether to reinstate New York's death penalty statute. The report raises questions but draws no conclusions. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Mar 04, 2005 — The New York State Senate plans to pass legislation Monday to reinstate New York's death penalty, but it's unlikely the state Assembly will follow suit anytime soon. How the Assembly handles the matter could end up being a test of the new reform efforts now underway at the Capitol. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Nov 24, 2004 — The New York State Assembly has announced it will hold hearings on whether to fix New York's death penalty law, which is in limbo following a decision by the state's highest court. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jul 20, 2004 — An anti-death penalty coalition is asking Governor Pataki and the legislature not to fix a flaw in the state's death penalty statute that led New York's highest court to declare part of the law unconstitutional. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jun 25, 2004 — The New York Court of Appeals yesterday threw out the death sentence for a Long Island killer, declaring that a part of New York's death penalty law violates the state constitution. An anti-death penalty group says it's time for a moratorium so state lawmakers can decide whether capital punishment should be allowed to continue at all. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article