The director discusses his new film about wrongful conviction and the death penalty—and why audiences sometimes hold "issue" movies to a higher standard.
Texas has been trying to execute Bobby Moore for decades. The Supreme Court once again said "no."
The total number of executions is declining, but we're not executing the worst criminals—just the criminals with the worst lawyers.
After hearing the last appeal from a man on death row, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the death penalty, as applied in the state, is unconstitutional.
In colonial Virginia, authorities could hang settlers for a crime as small as stealing grapes or killing a neighbor's chicken. The penal code in America's first colony was, in fact, so harsh its governor eventually reduced the number of capital offenses out of fear that settlers would refuse to live there. Since then, the number and severity of crimes punishable by death in the United States have fluctuated; today, the death penalty is still legal in 31 states. Here are some of the critical turning points in the history of capital punishment in America.
Marcellus Williams maintains his innocence, and his supporters argue racial discrimination also played a role in his trial outcome.
The expert ended up prompting a back-and-forth between Supreme Court justices, who narrowly upheld use of a lethal injection drug.
It’s becoming nearly impossible to find experts to defend the practice.
The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. Here’s what it means for the death penalty.