Death Penalty Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 6/15/2012 8:25:46 PM EST
    Cuyahoga County Judge Stuart Friedman reads his ruling on a death penalty case in Cleveland, Friday, June 15, 2012. Friedman ruled that condemned murderer Abdul Awkal is not mentally competent to be executed for the death of his estranged wife and brother-in-law in 1992. The decision comes just a week after Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered a last-minute reprieve, hours before Awkal was set to die. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
  •  - Desmonte Leonard during his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika

    Desmonte Leonard during his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika

    Posted: 6/14/2012 3:27:41 PM EST
    Desmonte Leonard, accused in a shooting that left three dead and another three wounded at a weekend party near Auburn University in Alabama, is pictured during his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika, Alabama, June 14, 2012. Leonard was ordered held without bail on Thursday and could face the death penalty if convicted. Leonard turned himself in to U.S. Marshals at the federal courthouse on Tuesday in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama's state capital. His surrender ended a three-day manhunt. REUTERS/Vasha Hunt/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - Desmonte Leonard during his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika

    Desmonte Leonard during his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika

    Posted: 6/14/2012 3:27:37 PM EST
    Desmonte Leonard, accused in a shooting that left three dead and another three wounded at a weekend party near Auburn University in Alabama, is pictured during his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika, Alabama, June 14, 2012. Leonard was ordered held without bail on Thursday and could face the death penalty if convicted. Leonard turned himself in to U.S. Marshals at the federal courthouse on Tuesday in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama's state capital. His surrender ended a three-day manhunt. REUTERS/Vasha Hunt/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - Desmonte Leonard looks back at crying women in the courtroom as he is escorted out after making his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika

    Desmonte Leonard looks back at crying women in the courtroom as he is escorted out after making his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika

    Posted: 6/14/2012 2:56:02 PM EST
    Desmonte Leonard, accused in a shooting that left three dead and another three wounded at a weekend party near Auburn University in Alabama, looks back at crying women in the courtroom as he is escorted out after making his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika, Alabama, June 14, 2012. Leonard was ordered held without bail on Thursday and could face the death penalty if convicted. Leonard turned himself in to U.S. Marshals at the federal courthouse on Tuesday in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama's state capital. His surrender ended a three-day manhunt. REUTERS/Vasha Hunt/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - Desmonte Leonard looks back at crying women in the courtroom as he is escorted out after making his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika

    Desmonte Leonard looks back at crying women in the courtroom as he is escorted out after making his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika

    Posted: 6/14/2012 2:48:43 PM EST
    Desmonte Leonard, accused in a shooting that left three dead and another three wounded at a weekend party near Auburn University in Alabama, looks back at crying women in the courtroom as he is escorted out after making his first court appearance in Alabama District Court in Opelika, Alabama, June 14, 2012. Leonard was ordered held without bail on Thursday and could face the death penalty if convicted. Leonard turned himself in to U.S. Marshals at the federal courthouse on Tuesday in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama's state capital. His surrender ended a three-day manhunt. REUTERS/Vasha Hunt/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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    Posted: 6/10/2012 10:35:46 PM EST
    Shown in this 2011 photo released by the California Dept. of Corrections is Scott Peterson who is on death row at San Quentin State Prison. Seven years after Peterson was sentenced to death for murdering his pregnant wife Laci, his appeal is moving at lightning speed, at least compared to those of his 725 fellow California Death Row inmates. Appealing the death penalty in California can take two decades, meaning that condemned prisoners are more likely to die behind bars of natural causes than be executed. Now voters in California get an opportunity this November to vote on a measure that would abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Calif. Dept. of Corrections)
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    Posted: 6/10/2012 10:35:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2010 file photo is the death chamber of the new lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Seven years after Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for murdering his pregnant wife Laci, his appeal is moving at lightning speed, at least compared to those of his 725 fellow California Death Row inmates. Appealing the death penalty in California can take two decades, meaning that condemned prisoners are more likely to die behind bars of natural causes than be executed. Now voters in California get an opportunity this November to vote on a measure that would abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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    Posted: 6/10/2012 10:35:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2010 file photo is the main entrance way to San Quentin State Prison where the state's death row is located in San Quentin, Calif. Seven years after Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for murdering his pregnant wife Laci, his appeal is moving at lightning speed, at least compared to those of his 725 fellow California Death Row inmates. Appealing the death penalty in California can take two decades, meaning that condemned prisoners are more likely to die behind bars of natural causes than be executed. Now voters in California get an opportunity this November to vote on a measure that would abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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    Posted: 6/10/2012 10:35:45 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2004 file photo taken in San Quentin, Calif., Guard Joe Dellabruna opens an entrance to death row at San Quentin State Prison. Seven years after Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for murdering his pregnant wife Laci, his appeal is moving at lightning speed, at least compared to those of his 725 fellow California Death Row inmates. Appealing the death penalty in California can take two decades, meaning that condemned prisoners are more likely to die behind bars of natural causes than be executed. Now voters in California get an opportunity this November to vote on a measure that would abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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    Posted: 6/5/2012 7:35:48 PM EST
    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Abdul Awkal, convicted in the 1992 slayings of his estranged wife and brother-in-law at a courthouse in Cleveland's Cuyahoga County. Ohio prison officials are beginning their preparations for Awkal's execution, scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2012. If put to death, Awkal would be the second man Ohio executes since lifting an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty that lasted six months. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)
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    Posted: 5/30/2012 5:10:49 PM EST
    FILE - This undated inmate file photo provided by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections shows Jason Pleau, charged in the fatal shooting of a man outside a bank in Woonsocket, R.I., in September 2010. Pleau is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Providence after the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for his prosecution in federal court. Gov. Lincoln Chafee had refused to surrender Pleau, saying authorities want to try him federally to make the death penalty a possible punishment. (AP Photo/Rhode Island Department of Corrections, File)
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    Posted: 5/24/2012 4:02:44 AM EST
    Liu Fang, the wife of Chen Kegui who is the nephew of blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng, listens to her father-in-law Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of Chen Guangcheng, speaking during an interview in Beijing May 23, 2012. Liu Fang fled her home in northeastern Shandong province for fear of reprisals after her husband was detained in late April following Chen Guangcheng's escape from his village. Chen Kegui, in his early 30s, could face the death penalty on a charge of attempted murder, if found guilty of using knives to fend off local officials who burst into his home on April 27, the day after they discovered his blind uncle had escaped house arrest. Chen Kegui's lawyers said he did not kill anyone. Picture taken May 23, 2012. To match Interview CHINA-DISSIDENT/FAMILY REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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    Posted: 5/21/2012 9:10:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Monday June 30,2008 file photo Ronald Smith, a Canadian on death row in the United States, who has spent the last 25 years trying to avoid the death penalty for two 1982 murders, at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Mont. A Canadian on death row in Montana for killing two men 30 years ago was dealt a major blow Monday in his bid to avoid execution, after the state's board of pardons and parole recommended Ronald Smith be denied clemency. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Bill Graveland, File)
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    Posted: 5/21/2012 5:35:47 PM EST
    FILE - This file photo provided by the Anaheim Police Dept. shows Itzcoatl Ocampo. On Monday May 21,2012 prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Ocampo, the former Marine accused of murdering four homeless men and a woman and her son in California. (AP Photo/Anaheim Police Dept., File)
  •  - File photo of former U.S. Marine Ocampo in Santa Ana

    File photo of former U.S. Marine Ocampo in Santa Ana

    Posted: 5/21/2012 3:30:33 PM EST
    Former U.S. Marine Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, an Iraq war veteran, has his arraignment postponed on charges of first degree murder in Santa Ana, California in this February 6, 2012 file photo. California prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the Iraq war veteran charged with six murders, including the serial "thrill" killings of four homeless men in Orange County, a top prosecutor said on May 21, 2012. REUTERS/Bruce Chambers/Pool/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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    Posted: 5/11/2012 5:40:48 PM EST
    FILE - An undated Allen County (Ind.) Sheriff's Department file photo shows Mike Plumadore. Plumadore, accused of killing 9-year-old Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon three days before Christmas and dismembering her body, pleaded guilty to killing her Friday, May 11, 2012 in court in Fort Wayne, Ind. Plumadore also pleaded guilty Friday to abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene. Plumadore's pleas mean prosecutors won't pursue the death penalty in his case. He'll be sentenced June 18 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (AP Photo/Allen County (IN) Sheriff's Department)
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    Posted: 5/2/2012 2:30:47 AM EST
    Serkalem Fasil accepts the 2012 PEN American's "Freedom to Write Award" for her husband Eskinder Nega, imprisoned Ethiopian writer, in New York, NY Tuesday May 1, 2012. The imprisoned Ethiopian journalist and blogger who could face the death penalty for advocating peaceful protests in his Horn of Africa homeland was honored Tuesday with PEN America's "Freedom to Write" award. (AP Photo/Beowulf Sheehan, PEN American Center)
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    Posted: 5/1/2012 10:00:47 PM EST
    Death penalty opponents hold a sign outside the Governor's Mansion in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, to protest the execution of Michael Bascum Selsor. An Oklahoma man convicted of murdering a Tulsa convenience store manager almost 37 years ago was executed by lethal injection Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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    Posted: 5/1/2012 10:00:47 PM EST
    Death penalty opponents Jim Rowan left, and Margaret Cox, right, read a prayer as part of a protest in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, for the execution of Michael Bascum Selsor. An Oklahoma man convicted of murdering a Tulsa convenience store manager almost 37 years ago was executed by lethal injection Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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    Posted: 4/27/2012 7:35:46 PM EST
    This Feb. 28, 2012 photo shows Lester Van Waters, in state district court in Sidney, Mont. for a hearing in the case of murdered Montana teacher Sherry Arnold. Prosecutors said Friday April 27, 2012, they intend to pursue the death penalty in the case against Van Waters and co-defendant Michael Spell. (AP Photo/Matt Brown)