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"Colorado Public Radio: Colorado Is One Step Closer To Abolishing The Death Penalty," by Megan Verlee, Colorado Public Radio, February 18, 2020
"Why This Inmate Chose the Electric Chair Over Lethal Injection," by Rick Rojas, New York Times, February 19, 2020
"Inmate’s unusual group of supporters seeks to stop execution," by Travis Loller, Washington Post, February 19, 2020
"Ultimate choice: Tennessee inmates wrestle with how to die," by Jonathan Mattise and Kimberlee Kruesi , Washington Post, February 18, 2020
"If Florida Legislature won’t abolish death penalty, it should at least study it," by the Editorial Board, South Florida Sun Sentinel, February 16, 2020
"The federal death penalty at the Supreme Court," by Kalvis Golde, SCOTUSblog, February 14, 2020
"Tennessee Man Could Be The First Person In Nearly A Century To Be Executed After Being Forced To Represent Himself At Trial," by Steven Hale, The Appeal, February 18, 2020
"California to Move Some Condemned Inmates off Death Row," by The Associated Press, U.S. News and World Report, February 13, 2020
"Will Tennessee Kill a Man Who Saved lives on Death Row?," by Liliana Segura, The Intercept, February 16, 2020
"A Liar’s Testimony Convinced a Jury to Convict a Man of Murder. Will Florida Execute Him Anyway?," by Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, February 13, 2020
"Oklahoma to Resume Lethal Injection Executions," by David Lee, Courthouse News Service, February 13, 2020
"The Appeal Podcast: Documenting The Death Penalty," by Adam H. Johnson, The Appeal, February 13, 2020
"Louisiana’s death penalty violates conservative values," by E. King Alexander, The Lens, February 10, 2020
"Wyoming Death Penalty Repeal Bill Filed In Legislature," by Doug Randall, KGAB, February 11, 2020
"Will Texas Execute an Innocent Man?," by Erik Hedegaard, Rolling Stone, February 10, 2020