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LegalWatch: U.S. Supreme Court Ends 2015-2016 Term, Decided Important Death Penalty Issues

The U.S. Supreme Court is wrapping up its 2015-2016 term this week. Starting all the way back at the beginning of last October, the Court decided two particularly noteworthy death penalty-related cases this term, and agreed to hear a third during its 2016-2017 term. Read More navigateright

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Buck v. Stephens

On, Monday, June 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it would review the case of Buck v. Stephens—a case involving Duane Buck, a Texas man who was sentenced to death after his own lawyer inexplicably introduced an expert who testified that he would pose a future danger to society if only sentenced to life imprisonment (and the fact that he was black only increased that likelihood). Read More navigateright

Foster v. Chatman, what it is, and what it means

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Foster v. Chatman that Timothy Foster established purposeful racial discrimination in the prosecution’s dismissal of two black jurors during jury selection at his trial. Read More navigateright

NCADP Recommends: 2017 Suggested Reading List

NCADP Recommends: 2017 Suggested Reading List

We have compiled a list of valuable books for your reading list that discuss capital punishment, the criminal justice system, and social reform. Read More navigateright

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Florida’s Death Statute

Last week, in Hurst v. Florida, the Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional. Read More navigateright

OP-ED: Talking About the Death Penalty, Court to Court

OP-ED: Talking About the Death Penalty, Court to Court

Linda Greenhouse delves into the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent ruling that the death penalty violates the state's constitution.  Read More navigateright

Take the 90 Million Strong Pledge to Halt All Executions

Take the 90 Million Strong Pledge to Halt All Executions

We need you! Take the Pledge to halt all executions today. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Midazolam Can be Used in Executions

#NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Midazolam Can be Used in Executions

The Supreme Court has issued a ruling on the use of midazolam in executions. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: The Execution of Clayton Lockett

#NEWS: The Execution of Clayton Lockett

The Atlantic offers a detailed look at the horrific 2014 execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma. Read More navigateright

The Methods to the Madness: The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection and Now Nitrogen Gas

The Methods to the Madness: The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection and Now Nitrogen Gas

John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment Read More navigateright

The Supreme Court and the Death Penalty

The Supreme Court and the Death Penalty

1998 Pulitzer Prize winner Linda Greenhouse has written a compelling op-ed in the New York Times today on the Supreme Court's inconsistent and often bewildering approach to death penalty cases. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: The American Pharmacists Association Votes to Oppose Participation in Executions

#NEWS: The American Pharmacists Association Votes to Oppose Participation in Executions

Earlier this week, the American Pharmacists Association voted to discourage pharmacists from participating in executions. They joined the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists which adopted a similar resolution last week. Read More navigateright

An Anniversary of Our Evolving Standards of Decency

An Anniversary of Our Evolving Standards of Decency

We have a new opportunity to craft a better vision -- one that reflects the strengths of our diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Read More navigateright

The Cloak and Daggers of Lethal Injection

The Cloak and Daggers of Lethal Injection

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called for a national moratorium on executions while the Supreme Court revisits lethal injection...He is absolutely right. We need to go further. It's time to stop executions once and for all.  Read More navigateright

#NEWS: Florida Supreme Court Stays Execution of Jerry Correll

#NEWS: Florida Supreme Court Stays Execution of Jerry Correll

The Florida Supreme Court granted a stay of execution on Tuesday to Jerry Correll pending the U.S. Supreme Court review of the use of midazolam as a lethal injection drug. Read More navigateright

Inconsistency at the Supreme Court

Inconsistency at the Supreme Court

As executions decline, who is actually being executed - the worst of the worst criminals? Far from it. In fact, instead of the worst of the worst, you could say it's often the least culpable; people with Intellectual Disabilities and severe mental illness. Read More navigateright

Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors: Capital Punishment and State Secrecy Laws

Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors: Capital Punishment and State Secrecy Laws

“Democracies die behind closed doors. When the government begins closing doors, it selectively controls information rightfully belonging to the people. Selective information is misinformation.”— Judge Damon J. Keith, 2002. Read More navigateright

Delaware Supreme Court Unanimous Reversal of Conviction and Death Sentence of Jermaine Wright

Delaware Supreme Court Unanimous Reversal of Conviction and Death Sentence of Jermaine Wright

On May 19th, in a 5-0 unanimous ruling, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned the conviction of death row prisoner Jermaine Wright, citing a “miscarriage of justice.” Read More navigateright

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hall v. FL

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hall v. FL

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of Hall v. Florida. NCADP’s Executive Director, Diann Rust-Tierney, summarized the issue before the court in her recent blog about the case. Read More navigateright

Upholding the Law and the Constitution

More than a decade ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002) that the eighth amendment categorically forbids people with intellectual disabilities from being sentenced to death and executed. States were charged with the appropriate role of setting procedures to enforce and give effect to this Constitutional protection. Read More navigateright

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