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Death penalty opponent Herve Deschamps holds a sign during a vigil outside St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis, hours before the 2014 scheduled execution of death row inmate Russell Bucklew. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign an order on Wednesday imposing a moratorium on California's death penalty. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Gov. Gavin Newsom Suspends Death Penalty In California

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Vernon Madison was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of a Mobile, Ala., police officer. Alabama Department of Corrections via AP hide caption

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This undated photo shows the death chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson, Ga. Public support for the death penalty has declined sharply in the past two decades, according to polls. Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images hide caption

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"We are confident that the association between race and the death penalty is not attributed to random chance," the state's supreme court justices wrote in a majority opinion. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Walter Leroy Moody, seen in a photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections, targeted the NAACP and the federal court system with bombs in 1989. Alabama Department of Corrections via AP hide caption

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The Broward County state attorney will seek the death penalty in its case against Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with 17 counts of murder in the Parkland, Fla., shooting. Cruz is seen here at a hearing Feb. 19 in Fort Lauderdale. Getty Images hide caption

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William Morva's lawyers, Virginia state legislators, U.N. experts and even a daughter of one of his victims called for his execution to be stopped. Virginia Department of Corrections/AP hide caption

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In March, State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced she wouldn't seek the death penalty in murder cases. Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner, Ark. Arkansas Department of Correction/AP hide caption

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The Supreme Court justices took up a death penalty case on Monday, looking at an inmate's right to help from a mental health expert. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Justices Split Over Defendants' Right To Mental Health Expert Witnesses

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James Edmund McWilliams Jr. was sentenced to death in 1986 for the rape and murder of a convenience store clerk during a robbery. Alabama Dept. of Corrections hide caption

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Supreme Court To Decide If Prosecution, Defense Can Share Experts in Capital Case

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