End to California Execution Moratorium Raises Controversial Death Penalty Case


Credit: Courtesy Kevin Cooper's attorneys
Kevin Cooper on Oct. 23, 2013.
By: By Ari Melber
NBC News

California lifted a moratorium on executions in November and is now set to execute Kevin Cooper — even though several federal judges say he may be innocent. 

Having exhausted all his options in court, Cooper, 57, is about to file a last-ditch appeal with Gov. Jerry Brown. In a new interview from death row, Cooper says he is pleading with Brown to bring "an open mind" about the evidence in his case. 


Death penalty dysfunction in 2015


Crosses mark the graves of inmates in Huntsville, Texas, April 23, 1997. About 1,300 people from the Texas prison system are buried here, among them 200 who died on death row.
By: Liliana Segura
The Intercept

ON DECEMBER 8, the state of Georgia carried out its fifth and final execution of the year, killing 47-year-old Brian Keith Terrell by lethal injection for a 1992 murder. It was a fight over money, the state said. Terrell forged checks belonging to an elderly family friend, then shot the man after he was found out.


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