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"NPR Probe: The Troubling Effects Of Lethal Injection," by Noah Caldwell, NPR, September 21, 2020
"Trump Prepares to Execute Christopher Vialva for a Crime He Committed as a Teenage," by Liliana Segura, The Intercept, September 20, 2020
"Judge rules for DNA testing in Tennessee death penalty case," by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press, September 16, 2020
"Death penalty opponents see ties to nationwide reckoning over race as center releases new report," by Katherine Burgess, Memphis Commercial Appeal, September 15, 2020
"Report: Death penalty cases show history of racial disparity," by Colleen Long, Associated Press, September 15, 2020
"Pervis Payne asks for halt to execution until courts hear intellectual disability claim," by Katherine Burgess, Memphis Commercial Appeal, September 14, 2020
"In Court Filing, DOJ Says It Will Appeal Tsarnaev Death Penalty Reversal To U.S. Supreme Court," by Ally Jarmanning, WBUR, September 14, 2020
"Trump's Execution Spree Continues At Federal Killing Ground In Indiana," by Liliana Segura, The Intercept, September 09, 2020
"From death row to model inmate, Renaldo Hudson set free after 37 years. ‘I was preparing to die. I wasn’t preparing for this moment.’," by Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune, September 07, 2020
"DeWine Delays Three Scheduled Executions," by Associated Press, WCBE, September 07, 2020
"U.S. Executes Keith Dwayne Nelson, The Fifth Federal Prisoner Put To Death This Year," by Lauren Gill, The Appeal, August 28, 2020
"U.S. Executes Lezmond Mitchell Over Objections Of The Navajo Nation," by Lauren Gill, The Appeal, August 26, 2020
"No state would commit the resources I did to the defense of a death penalty trial. That’s concerning.," by Mark W. Bennett, Washington Post, August 25, 2020
"Justice Dept. Is Set to Execute Native American Prisoner," by Hailey Fuchs, New York Times, August 25, 2020
"Lawyers: Autopsy suggests inmate suffered during execution," by Michael Tarm, Associated Press, August 21, 2020