Death penalty controversy

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Billy Ray Irick, currently on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Irick was convicted for raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in 1985, and is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 10:56 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 31, 2018, Pope Francis prays during an audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican. The Vatican said Thursday Aug. 2, 2018, that Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying it can never be sanctioned because it "attacks" the inherent dignity of all humans. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, FILE)
August 02, 2018 - 5:34 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances and the Catholic Church should campaign to abolish it, a change in church teaching that could influence Catholic politicians and judges in the U.S. and across the globe. The change,...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, Richard Roszkowski listens to victims' statements during his sentencing at the Superior Courthouse in Bridgeport, Conn. The Connecticut Supreme Court is scheduled to decide Monday, July 23, 2018, whether to order a new murder trial for Roszkowski, convicted of gunning down two adults and a 9-year-old girl on a Bridgeport street in 2006. Roszkowski said he was mentally ill and that officials failed to order a competency exam. (Hearst Connecticut Media/Brian A. Pounds via AP, Pool, File)
July 23, 2018 - 1:20 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who gunned down two adults and a 9-year-old girl on a city street has lost his attempt to have his former death sentence erased from the record in an effort to improve his life in prison. The state Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Richard...
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