Death Row http://wunc.org en Witness To An Execution: Part Two http://wunc.org/post/witness-execution-part-two <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Stephen Lich Tyler drove to Texas last week to witness the execution of his father’s killer, </span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Ramiro Hernandez Llanas. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:13:28 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33844 at http://wunc.org Witness To An Execution: Part Two Witness To A Texas Execution: Part One http://wunc.org/post/witness-texas-execution-part-one <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;">On Wednesday night, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=301083430">State of Texas executed Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas</a>, a man convicted of the 1997 killing of professor Glen Lich.</span></font></span></font></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:20:58 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33514 at http://wunc.org Witness To A Texas Execution: Part One Wake County Superior Court Must Decide Who Picks Execution Drug http://wunc.org/post/wake-county-superior-court-must-decide-who-picks-execution-drug <div>The North Carolina Court of Appeals sent back to a lower court on Tuesday a case over who decides how death row prisoners are executed. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The court says the case has changed too much for it to make an&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">opinion.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It started out with four death-row inmates who said the state’s method of execution was cruel and unusual. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:03:09 +0000 Jorge Valencia 32303 at http://wunc.org Wake County Superior Court Must Decide Who Picks Execution Drug North Carolina Wants New Drug For Death Row Executions, But Where Will It Come From? http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-wants-new-drug-death-row-executions-where-will-it-come <p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:18:57 +0000 Jorge Valencia 31260 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Wants New Drug For Death Row Executions, But Where Will It Come From? Life After Death Row http://wunc.org/post/life-after-death-row <p></p><p>One hundred and thirty eight people have been exonerated of capital crimes and released from death row since 1973. These tragic stories don't always get told, but two professors wanted to make sure that the voices of some exonerees were heard. Saundra Westervelt and Kimberly Cook explore the post-incarceration struggle of 18 of them in their new book “Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity” (Rutgers University Press/2012).</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:16:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Nicole Campbell 6337 at http://wunc.org Life After Death Row Lawmakers Override Racial Justice Veto http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-override-racial-justice-veto <p>State lawmakers have overridden the governor's veto of a bill that waters down the Racial Justice Act. The Act, passed in 2009, allows death row prisoners to challenge their sentences based on statistical evidence of discrimination. The new bill will limit the time frame and scope of statistics that inmates can use to challenge their sentences. Republican House Majority Leader Paul Stam thinks that's reasonable.<br> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 22:15:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2242 at http://wunc.org Republican Lawmakers Plan Racial Justice Veto Override http://wunc.org/post/republican-lawmakers-plan-racial-justice-veto-override <p>Republican legislative leaders are expected to try to override the governor's veto of a measure that would water down the Racial Justice Act. The Act, passed in 2009, allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentences using statistical evidence of discrimination.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2244 at http://wunc.org Death Row Sentence Changed Under Racial Justice Act http://wunc.org/post/death-row-sentence-changed-under-racial-justice-act <p>Advocates of the state's Racial Justice Act are hailing a judge's ruling today that race was a factor in a death row inmate's jury selection. Marcus Robinson was sentenced in 1994 for murder. Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks ruled that prosecutors in the trial disqualified potential black jurors more often than others. Stephen Dear with People of Faith Against the Death Penalty says he thinks this decision shows that bias has played a role in convictions.<br> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2749 at http://wunc.org