On Capital Punishment, the U.S. Is Increasingly Out of Step With the World

A guard stands watch outside the entrance to death row at San Quentin State Prison, in San Quentin, California, Aug. 16, 2016 (AP photo by Eric Risberg).
A guard stands watch outside the entrance to death row at San Quentin State Prison, in San Quentin, California, Aug. 16, 2016 (AP photo by Eric Risberg).
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At 8:07 a.m. on July 14, Daniel Lewis Lee was pronounced dead after being injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital. It marked the first time in 17 years that the U.S. government had carried out a federal death sentence, and was followed in quick succession by two more federal executions in the subsequent days. They took place almost a year after Attorney General William Barr announced that the Trump administration planned to restart capital punishment. Following a protracted legal battle and stays of execution by lower court judges, the Supreme Court vacated those orders last month, removing the final […]

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