Dec 23, 2014

Arizona set to change combination of drugs used in executions

Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death. The state will no longer use the combination of midazolam, a sedative, ...

Dec 19, 2014

Seventy years on, U.S. judge clears executed black teen

A judge in the southern U.S. state of South Carolina has thrown out the conviction of a black teenager executed 70 years ago for the murder of two white girls. George Stinney was 14 when he became the youngest person to undergo the death ...

Dec 15, 2014

Executed Chinese teenager found innocent 18 years on

A Chinese teenager executed for murder and rape 18 years ago was declared innocent by a court Monday, in a rare overturning of a wrongful conviction. The 18-year-old, named Hugjiltu but also known as Qoysiletu, was convicted and executed in Inner Mongolia in 1996, ...

Utah reconsiders firing squads amid shortages in lethal drugs

Nov 20, 2014

Utah reconsiders firing squads amid shortages in lethal drugs

Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah state lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs. The proposal from would call for a firing squad if the state cannot ...

New justice minister against outlawing hate speech

Nov 6, 2014

New justice minister against outlawing hate speech

by Tomohiro Osaki

The newly appointed justice minister on Thursday gave clues as to her priorities in office, restating the ministry’s intention to clean up a discredited foreign trainees program but saying she is disinclined to outlaw hate speech. Asked about the death penalty, Yoko Kamikawa paused ...