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Death Penalty

Legislation would enable state officials to use the electric chair on death row inmates if lethal injection drugs cannot be obtained. (Getty Images)

Tennessee Senate Authorizes Electric Chair For Executions

Legislation would allow the state to electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs cannot be obtained.


Paul Ried was on death row for the 1997 series of killings during fast food robberies. (Getty Images)

Man Convicted In 7 Murders Dies In Tennessee Hospital

A drifter who wound up on death row, convicted of killing seven people in a series of Tennessee fast-food robberies two decades ago, died at a hospital.


(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NC Governor Vetoes Death-Row Racial Bias Bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have essentially repealed a 2009 law designed to address alleged racial bias in death penalty cases, saying it is essential the legal process isn’t tarnished by prejudice.

CBS Charlotte–12/14/2011

(Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Group Launches Bid To Repeal NC Death Penalty

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A coalition of religious leaders is launching an effort to repeal the death penalty in North Carolina.

CBS Charlotte–12/02/2011