Death Penalty Controversy

HARTFORD, Conn. - The two major-party nominees for Connecticut governor are sparring over the death penalty and whether it would apply to a man convicted of the home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters.

SAN FRANCISCO - A death row inmate has asked a federal appeals court to halt his execution and has refused to choose a method of lethal injection.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A condemned Ohio inmate trying to prove he's mentally disabled has ended his attempt to stop the execution of a fellow prisoner willing to testify on his behalf.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A condemned inmate wants a fellow death row prisoner kept alive at least long enough to testify on his behalf that he is mentally disabled and should not be executed, according to court filings.

TOKYO - Japan hanged two convicted killers Wednesday, including a man who burned six women to death, in the country's first executions in a year, and the justice minister said she wants renewed debate on whether to continue the punishment.
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