May 17, 2014

Kim's 'executed' ex appears on TV

A North Korean singer said to be leader Kim Jong Un’s ex-girlfriend and rumored to have been executed last year has appeared on state television, apparently alive and well. Hyon Song Wol, the head of a band known as Moranbong, was shown addressing a ...

Mar 21, 2014

Lay judges' moral dilemma

How does Japan's justice minister respond to a petition from 20 citizens who, as lay judges, agonized over the possibility of having to hand down a death sentence? They call for an immediate halt to capital punishment.

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

Jun 28, 2013

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

The state of Texas on Wednesday executed its 500th convict since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, a record in a country where capital punishment is in decline elsewhere. Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was declared dead by lethal injection at 6:37 p.m. in the ...

Apr 26, 2013

Two Japanese inmates executed

Two inmates were hanged Friday in the second round of executions since Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in December. Put to death were yakuza Katsuji Hamasaki, 64, and Yoshihide Miyagi, 56, according to the Justice Ministry. They were convicted ...