Capital punishment

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Japanese man granted retrial after 45 years on death row
Iwao Hakamada, 87, was convicted of four murders in 1968 but granted ‘temporary release’ in 2014 after new evidence emerged

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

13, Mar, 2023 @9:55 AM

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Republican sorry for suggesting ‘hanging by a tree’ as execution method
Tennessee lawmaker Paul Sherrell faced fierce criticism for ‘grotesque suggestion’ in southern state with history of lynchings

Martin Pengelly

02, Mar, 2023 @8:25 PM

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The trauma detective who combs through killers’ pasts to help them find mercy
Sara Baldwin, a ‘mitigation specialist’, works to save death-penalty defendants like James Bernard Belcher

Maurice Chammah

02, Mar, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Dog-whistle politics and the futility of the death penalty | Letters
Letters: Support from Dr Tom Wilke, Dr Hamid Khan and Declan O’Neill for Duncan Campbell’s piece prompted by Lee Anderson’s controversial remarks about capital punishment

17, Feb, 2023 @6:42 PM

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Alabama takes steps toward using nitrogen as new execution method
But critics decry death penalty ‘experimentation’ that state is developing after a series of botched lethal injections

Maya Yang

17, Feb, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Is there a GCSE in pointless research? Give the Department for Education a grade 9 | Brief Letters
Brief letters: School absence and exam results | Raven reasoning | Standing up for older people | Next-level mansplaining | Death penalty

12, Feb, 2023 @6:22 PM

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‘He’s a bit of a prat’: voters in Ashfield turn on Lee Anderson
The Tories’ new deputy chairman thinks he has the support of his constituency. But a tour around Kirkby-in-Ashfield says otherwise

Mark Townsend Home Affairs Editor

12, Feb, 2023 @10:00 AM

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The Observer view on the ‘red wall rottweiler’ fuelling Tory dreams of the death penalty | Observer editorial
The appointment of Lee Anderson as deputy chair is a cynical attempt to woo a powerful section of the party’s right

Observer editorial

12, Feb, 2023 @6:30 AM

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Lib Dems aim to use Lee Anderson’s views as weapon to win ‘safe’ Tory seats
The Tory deputy chair, who has also criticised nurses who use food banks and migrants, could prove toxic for voters in south-east seats

Toby Helm political editor

11, Feb, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Dear Lee Anderson: Derek Bentley was innocent and hanged. We scrapped the death penalty for a reason | Duncan Campbell
There were moral and practical considerations to ending the barbarity of state executions in Britain. They are still relevant today, says writer and former Guardian crime correspondent Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

09, Feb, 2023 @6:18 PM

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Rishi Sunak rebukes Tory vice-chair for backing death penalty
Lee Anderson, who was given role on Tuesday, also called for a naval ‘standoff’ in the Channel over small boats

Peter Walker Political correspondent

09, Feb, 2023 @3:59 PM

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‘Can you spell lynching?’: lawyer’s shocking note in Texas execution case
Appeals court submission exposes racial toxicity in case of John Balentine, a Black man sentenced to death for 1999 triple murder

Ed Pilkington

05, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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