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"Death penalty for child rape goes into effect in Florida," by Ashley Harding, News4Jax, October 01, 2023
"She’s the only woman on death row in Louisiana. Will the state grant her mercy?," by Oliver Laughland and Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Guardian, September 28, 2023
"Alabama inmate opposes being ‘test subject’ for new nitrogen execution method," AP News, September 25, 2023
"Common ground on executions? Death penalty’s days may be numbered, with bipartisan bills pending," by Thomas Suddes, Cleveland.com, September 24, 2023
"Oklahoma man executed after Supreme Court denies new lawyer more time ," by Kelsey Reichmann, Courthouse News Service, September 21, 2023
"Fighting his execution, Texas inmate asks Fifth Circuit to allow DNA testing," by Cameron Langford, Courthouse News Service, September 20, 2023
"Man set to be executed for 1996 slaying of University of Oklahoma dance student," by Sean Murphy, AP News, September 21, 2023
"Alabama Has a Horrible New Way of Killing People on Death Row," by Bernard E. Harcourt, New York Times, September 18, 2023
"DNA Evidence Sent Anthony Sanchez to Death Row. But Did It Actually Solve the Crime?," by Liliana Segura, The Intercept, September 18, 2023
"Companies Already Ban the Use of Their Drugs for Lethal Injection. Now They’re Blocking IV Equipment.," by Lauren Gill and Daniel Moritz-Rabson, The Intercept, September 14, 2023
"A new ban on the death penalty in Ohio brings in a longtime conservative lawmaker as a sponsor," by Karen Kasler, WOUB, September 08, 2023
"Commentary: Prosecution errors alone justify clemency consideration in Louisiana death row cases," by Greg LaRose, Louisiana Illuminator, August 13, 2023
"Nearly every prisoner on Louisiana's death row filed for clemency this summer," by Bill Chappell, NPR, August 04, 2023
"Liberal justices balk at execution of mentally ill Missouri man," by Kelsey Reichmann, Courthouse News Service, August 01, 2023
"Pittsburgh synagogue shooter gets death penalty, more than 4½ years after he killed 11 in Squirrel Hill," by Megan Guza, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 02, 2023