Detained Student Activist Released!
On 23 February, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of execution in the case of Rodney Reed, who was due to be put to death on 5 March for a murder in 1996 which he has consistently said he did not commit.
The Governor of Ohio has granted a two-week reprieve to a Lebanese national with mental illness facing execution on 6 June to allow the court more time to examine whether the inmate is “competent” for execution.
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law the repeal of Connecticut's death penalty, making his state the 17th, and the 5th in the last 5 years, to do away with capital punishment.
Seventy-year-old Alabama death row prisoner Thomas Arthur has received a stay of execution from a federal court. He had been scheduled to be executed on the evening of 29 March for a murder committed in 1982.