got much more attention abroad than they did here.
America's long-simmering debate over capital punishment reached a boiling point this spring as the scheduled execution
of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh approached.
The state wants to cover the window that separates witnesses from the execution
chamber with a curtain, opening it up only at the last moments - when Massie is subdued, secured and set to die.
The Supreme Court said an "evolving standard of decency" bars executions
of people who committed their crime before age 16.
Across the driveway from the red brick fortress prison that protects the execution
chamber is the administration building and pressroom.
The long-favored method of execution
, one still used in some states, the electric chair, is anything but "unmessy.
In his speech, Mahony said he hoped a moratorium would be the first step toward a ban on executions
And the percentage of executions
in the South (80 percent) as opposed to the rest of the country (11 percent in the Midwest, 8 percent in the West, and 0.
Joseph Guillotin successfully promoted a head cutting device for executions
, in the belief that the method was less painful than others being used.
In the next few years, as the long appeals process of many of the nearly 3,000 men and women on death row finally exhausts itself, executions
It was the highest number of executions
in a single year since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.