death penalty

Barr directs federal government to resume capital punishment

The federal government has ordered the death penalty to be reinstated for the first time in nearly two decades, as Attorney General William Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to schedule the execution of five inmates after adopting an updated execution protocol.

Brunei backs down on gay sex death penalty

Brunei will not impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex, in an apparent bid to temper international condemnation following its roll out of strict new Islamic laws last month.

John William King put to death in Texas

A man who helped carry out the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. -- one of the most horrific hate crimes in modern American history -- was executed by injection on Wednesday evening in a Texas prison.

Texas bars spiritual advisers from death chambers

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice will bar chaplains, ministers and spiritual advisers from execution chambers in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling last week that halted the execution of an inmate who sought to have his Buddhist spiritual adviser in the death chamber.

Chaos erupts, 2 arrested during Texas execution

Chaos erupted near Texas' death chamber when the son of the inmate being executed pounded on the chamber windows, shouted obscenities and threw fists after his father spoke his last words.