Racial Justice

The repeal of North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act — which allowed defendants to challenge their death sentences if they could prove that race was the basis of the decision to seek or impose the penalty —  cannot be applied retroactively, the state’s Supreme Court ruled. Individuals who filed claims under the act before it was repealed in 2013 are entitled to its full protections.

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Doctors Say Execution Drugs Could Help Covid-19 Patients

Secrecy surrounding executions could hinder efforts by a group of medical professionals who are asking the nation’s death penalty states for medications used in lethal injections so they can go to coronavirus patients who are on ventilators, according to a death penalty expert and a doctor who’s behind the request.

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Death Penalty Row Scuttles US-UK Cooperation on Terror Suspects

Based on the Trump administration’s refusal to put the death penalty off the table, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked sharing information with U.S. authorities about two suspected members of the Islamic State group cell tied to the beheading of reporter James Foley.

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Insufficient Assistance

The California Supreme Court granted a habeas petition for a potential retrial of a man convicted of murdering a police officer, finding that his counsel committed serious errors during his trial. The man’s death sentence has already been vacated because of counsel’s deficient assistance during the penalty phase.

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