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"Court won’t revive death sentence for South Carolina inmate," Associated Press, October 22, 2021
"Court declines to halt lethal injection of Alabama man who asked for alternate method of execution," by James Romoser, SCOTUSblog, October 21, 2021
"Opinion: Why Did the Supreme Court Stop This Execution?," by Linda Greenhouse, New York Times, October 21, 2021
"Alabama only state to limit media to 1 witness at execution," by Kim Chandler, Associated Press, October 19, 2021
"Lethal injection," Courthouse News Service, October 20, 2021
"Executions," Courthouse News Service, October 18, 2021
"Texas Judge Urges New Trial for Death Row Inmate, Citing Jurist’s Antisemitic Remarks," by Jesus Jiménez, New York Times, October 13, 2021
"Feds said mention of unsolved murders would confuse marathon bomber’s jury. Could it also save his life?," by Kelsey Reichmann, Courthouse News Service, October 13, 2021
"Fate of Boston Marathon bomber faces Supreme Court reckoning," by Kelsey Reichmann, Courthouse News Service, October 11, 2021
"Boston Marathon bombing victims split on death penalty in Supreme Court case," by Nate Raymond, Reuters, October 11, 2021
"Oregon Supreme Court ruling could end death sentences for many," by Conrad Wilson and Dirk VanderHart, OBP, October 07, 2021
"More than 150 global business leaders call for end of death penalty," by Lauren Aratani, The Guardian, October 07, 2021
"Court denies request to block Missouri execution over intellectual-disability claim," by James Romoser, SCOTUSblog, October 05, 2021
"Lawmakers and the pope ask Missouri's governor to halt an execution. He says no," by The Associated Press, NPR, October 04, 2021
"Missouri is slated to execute Ernest Johnson. Lawmakers and the pope want his life to be spared.," by Kim Bellware, Washington Post, October 02, 2021