The United States will not seek the death penalty against Kenneth Manzanares, who’s facing trial in the death of his wife aboard a cruise ship in Southeast Alaska.
Racial disparity led to ban of death penalty in territorial Alaska
“The fact is that after 1902, all of the people who were executed in Alaska were either racial minorities or ethnic minorities,” said attorney Averil Lerman. The last three men executed in the territory were an Alaska Native and two black men.
Federal prosecutors may seek death penalty in Alaska cruise ship murder case
The judge gave the federal prosecutor 60 days to consider whether to pursue the death penalty. The defendant, Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Kristy.
Alabama inmate coughed, heaved for about 13 minutes during execution
Ronald Bert Smith Jr. died by lethal injection late Thursday night, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay his execution. A judge sentenced Smith to die for murdering a man in 1994.
Amid Pointed Dissent, Supreme Court Weighs In On 2 Death Penalty Cases
Justice Clarence Thomas called one of the opinions “a remarkably aggressive” use of the court’s power to review the decisions of the states’ highest courts.
Fewer Countries Are Relying On Death Penalty, But They’re Executing More
Saudi Arabia’s spate of 47 executions last week continued a trend from 2015, in which several countries that have the death penalty used it more often.
Supreme Court Justices Deeply Divided Over Death Penalty In New Term
The Supreme Court heard its first death penalty case of the new term Wednesday, and the questioning quickly showed how deep and bitter the divide between the justices has grown on this issue.
S.C. To Seek Death Penalty For Dylann Roof In Charleston Shooting
Roof has been charged with murdering nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina in June. He also faces federal hate crime charges.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes To Victims, Families Of Boston Marathon Bombing
The judge imposed the death penalty on Tsarnaev shortly after the convicted bomber’s first remarks in public since the 2013 attack that killed three people and left 264 others wounded.
Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn’t Quite Ready To Abandon It
Cost and lethal-injection complications have led some states to reconsider the death penalty. U.S. support for the practice has declined over the last two decades, but three-in-five still support it.