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A death penalty sentence against confessed Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was thrown out Friday by a federal appeals court in Boston.

Citing errors by a lower court, a three-judge panel from the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the widely publicized case back to the federal District Court that had convicted Tsarnaev in 2015 and ordered six death sentences for him as well as 11 concurrent life sentences.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday over whether 18 to 21 year-olds should receive the death penalty. This was during a special hearing in Somerset intended to educate people about the court’s role in state government.

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A hearing for what could be Calloway County's first death penalty case in a century is set for Thursday.


A federal judge on Thursday ordered the state of Tennessee not to proceed with plans to execute Edmund Zagorski by lethal injection after it refused his request to die in the electric chair.

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  The Tennessee Supreme Court is fast-tracking the appeal in a challenge of the state's lethal injection drugs.

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Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change.

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The trial for what could be the first death penalty case in Calloway County in 100 years is set for January 7.

In Calloway County Circuit Court on Monday, Judge Jamie Jameson indicated the jury selection process will begin soon for the case involving 23-year-old Pascasio Pacheco of Mayfield.

Pacheco is accused of shooting his aunt and uncle (Marisol Hernandez-Arallano and Bulmaro Arellano) in Calloway County and setting fire to their home, killing their two small children (Marisol and Miguel) in November 2015.

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Death penalty supporters and opponents both say that Kentucky’s capital punishment system is too expensive, lengthy and in need of reform.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to reinstate the death penalty for certain violent crimes, as well as other changes he made to gun legislation, will get a House hearing.


  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty in the state for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.