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"A false testimony may have put a Texas man on death row, his attorneys say. He was executed anyway.," by Teo Armus, Washington Post, December 12, 2019
"Arizona Killer’s Death Sentence Fought at Supreme Court," by Tim Ryan, Courthouse News Service, December 11, 2019
"Court Weighs Whether Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Got A Fair Trial," by The Associated Press, CBS 4 Boston, December 08, 2019
"Supreme Court Blocks Resumption of Federal Executions," by Matthew Renda, Courthouse News Service, December 06, 2019
"Convicted Killer Asks Sixth Circuit to Vacate Death Sentence," by Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News Service, December 05, 2019
"As Support for Capital Punishment Wanes, an Ohio D.A. Continues to Push for Death," by Joshua Vaughn, The Appeal, December 05, 2019
"14 states ask Supreme Court to let Trump resume federal executions," by John Kruzel, The Hill, December 04, 2019
"A murderer went blind in prison. His imminent execution would ‘offend humanity,’ his lawyers argue.," by Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, December 05, 2019
"I Know What It’s Like to Carry Out Executions," by S. Frank Thompson, The Atlantic, December 03, 2019
"Opinion: I Oversaw Executions. We Cannot Resume the Federal Death Penalty.," by Jim Petro, New York Times, December 04, 2019
"The Condemned," by Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith, The Intercept, December 03, 2019
"Death row inmate asks high court to intervene in execution," by The Associated Press, Washington Post, November 30, 2019
"Justice Dept. asks Supreme Court to let federal executions proceed after appeals court denial," by Mark Berman, Washington Post, December 02, 2019
"Trump administration vows to take case to bring back death penalty to Supreme Court," by Caroline Cournoyer, CBS News, November 22, 2019
"Daughter of deputy sheriff slain by executed killer asks to end Virginia's death penalty," by Frank Green, Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 21, 2019