Bearing Witness to Executions: Last Breaths and Lasting Impressions

By ALAN BLINDER and MANNY FERNANDEZ April 23, 2017 VARNER, Ark. — They often enter in silence. They almost always leave that way, too. The death penalty holds a crucial, conflicted place in a nation deeply divided over crime and punishment,...

Arkansas Puts Ledell Lee to Death, in Its First Execution Since 2005

By ALAN BLINDER and MANNY FERNANDEZ April 21, 2017 VARNER, Ark. — The State of Arkansas, dismissing criticism that it intended to rush too many prisoners to their deaths too quickly, on Thursday night carried out its first execution in more...