death row


Definition of death row 

: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death usually used with on prisoners waiting on death row

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In 2002, Cooper became the first death row inmate to win approval for additional DNA testing. Laura J. Nelson,, "Brown will consider new DNA testing in Chino Hills murder case," 5 July 2018 The court filing did not seek to delay the execution, but ACLU lawyer Amy Rose said the public deserves to know how the state plans to kill a death row inmate. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Nevada switches drug to be used in 1st execution since 2006," 3 July 2018 But the Florida Supreme Court has determined that a June 24, 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision should be used as a cutoff to determine which death row inmates may be entitled to hearings. Marc Freeman,, "Man who beat Boca mom to death in 1984 denied new hearing over death penalty," 26 June 2018 Women represent less than 2 percent of death row inmates. Ellen Gray,, "ABC star Viola Davis tackles real death row cases in 'Last Defense'," 12 June 2018 What does the ruling mean for Noling's case and other death row inmates seeking post-conviction DNA testing? Andrea Simakis,, "Tyrone Noling case: Ohio Supreme Court rules on DNA evidence," 6 Mar. 2018 Death Penalty The Supreme Court is also sure to hear cases in future terms from death row inmates seeking stays of execution. Hannah Fingerhut, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Americans have relatively high confidence in Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 As an attorney, his work has helped move more than 125 condemned people off of death row, while calling attention to profound racial biases in the justice system. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, ""Do Some Uncomfortable and Inconvenient Things": A Civil Rights Champion's Call to Action for CEOs," 27 June 2018 On death row at the state penitentiary in Baltimore, a Catholic chaplain helped Brady get a new lawyer, E. Clinton Bamberger. Longreads, "The Bungled Bank Robbery That Ended in a Landmark Legal Ruling," 26 June 2018

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of death row

: the part of a prison where prisoners who will be killed as punishment for their crimes live until they are killed

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Legal Definition of death row 

: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death

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