During my years as a district attorney, I have sought the death penalty. But does the state need to take a life to make a point?
A small group of committed protesters show up to nearly every execution in Huntsville to exercise their civil rights in what has become a sort of ritual.
A Houston judge threw out the lawsuit against the state by three death row inmates who claimed that Texas was planning to kill them using unknown and untested drugs, so they're taking it to a higher court.
Ernest Willis spent seventeen years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. And he has a few things to say about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for a strangely similar crime that many experts believe he didn’t commit either.
December 1, 2009 | by Michael Hall | Letter From Midland
On September 10, Charles Dean Hood will receive a lethal injection. Perhaps. Four times before, the convicted murderer has had a date with the executioner only to have the criminal justice system grant him a reprieve—most recently (and most famously), twice in the space of a few hours on the night of June 17. Here, in missives to senior editor Michael Hall, he describes what it’s been like to live on death row—and to have your life spared when you thought the end had come.
September 1, 2008 | Feature