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In Tennessee, Inmates Opt for Electric Chair Over Injection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The inmate's request was a surprising one, made three days before he was to be executed in October 2018: Edmund Zagorski told the state of Tennessee he'd rather die in the electric chair than receive a lethal injection. Some took the request as a ploy to buy...

Justice Dept. Will Execute Inmates for First Time Since 2003

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Thursday that it will carry out executions of federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. Five inmates who have been sentenced to death are scheduled to be executed starting in December. In 2014, following a botched state execution in Oklahoma, then-President Barack Obama directed the department to...

Newsom Puts Moratorium on California Executions

SACRAMENTO — The 737 inmates on California's largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions. Newsom also is withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty opponents already have tied up in courts and...