American execution: A brief history of the death penalty in the U.S.

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The death penalty in the United States began its life as an import. Brought over from the United Kingdom, it evolved into different versions that depended largely on each state that adopted it

Now the governor of Utah must decide whether to sign a bill that would reinstate execution by firing squad. This comes amid a shortage of drugs for lethal injection, a practice currently banned in all 50 states

Virginia was the first colonial government known to kill a man, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The government executed George Kendall in 1608 after charging him with spying for Spain Read more…

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