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LIST: Crimes punishable by death penalty under House Bill 1

5 hours 13 min ago

AT LEAST 21 "heinous" crimes have been included in House Bill 1, also known as the Death Penalty bill, which was approved on first reading by the House of Representatives justice committee on Wednesday, December 7. According to the measure, heinous crimes are defined as "grievous, odious and hateful offenses, which by reason of their inherent or manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity, are repugnant and outrageous to the common standards and norms of decency and morality in a just, civilized and ordered society."

(EXPLAINER) House bill on death penalty revival

9 hours 34 min ago

Killings, drug use and trafficking, plunder, rape, treason and car theft are among the crimes that would be punishable by death should Congress pass the proposed measure to revive death penalty in the Philippines. The House justice committee on Wednesday, December 7, approved House Bill No.

Death penalty gets House panel's nod

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 9:50pm

THE restoration of capital punishment in the Philippines is now slated for plenary debates, as the House justice committee on Wednesday approved a report containing the substitute bill that would allow death penalty back in the country's criminal justice system. The bill - a consolidation of seven House bills of the same intent - has enumerated heinous crimes punishable by death penalty, namely: Treason; Piracy in general and mutiny on the high seas or in Philippine water; Qualified piracy; Qualified bribery; Parricide; Murder; Infanticide; Rape; Kidnapping and serious illegal detention; Robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons; Destructive arson; Plunder; Possession of dangerous drugs; Carnapping, among others.

Court arguments set on retroactivity of death penalty ruling

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 1:04pm

Delaware's Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether its ruling declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional can be applied retroactively to a dozen men already sentenced to death. Wednesday's oral arguments come in an appeal filed by Derrick Powell, who was sentenced to death in 2011 for killing Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in 2009.

Feds: Brothel enforcer could face death penalty in 2 killings

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 8:39am

NEWARK -- An alleged enforcer for a New Jersey prostitution ring has pleaded not guilty to federal murder and racketeering charges in connection with two killings in Trenton more than three years ago. NJ Advance Media reported in October that Wilmer Chavez Romero, of New Brunswick, had been charged under an eight-count indictment in U.S. District Court with two murders in 2012 and 2013.

California's Prop. 66 speeds up death penalty, but it could face legal hurdles

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:36am

A former community theater actor from Costa Mesa, he killed two friends in an attempt to fund his 2010 wedding. Daniel Wozniak lured his neighbor, Samuel Herr, 26, to the Joint Forces Training Base is Los Alamitos, where he shot and killed him.

Why the Death Penalty Is Not Dead Yet

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:24am

Battered with bad publicity in recent years, the death penalty's public support has declined. But earlier this month when voters in Nebraska, Oklahoma and California had their say, they voted to retain and even expand it, making clear that the controversial punishment is far from finished.

Man charged with killing Granville couple wants death penalty off table

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 8:02pm

Eric Campbell, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree arson, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, financial card theft, identity theft and two counts of cruelty to animals in the New Year's Day 2015 deaths of stormed into the Faulkners' home, just north of Oxford, robbed them, set fire to the house and killed them before fleeing in both the couple's Chevrolet Silverado and a stolen SUV. Police in Lewisburg, W.Va., arrested the father and son later that day following a shootout, and investigators found the Faulkners' bodies under a mattress in the back of the pickup.

Death penalty sought for man accused of burning girlfriend

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 3:30pm

Prosecutors in Florida say they'll seek the death penalty in the case of a man accused of setting fire to his girlfriend inside a buffet restaurant where she worked. Darryl Whipple pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in court Tuesday.

Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:01am

It's up to the Legislature to decide whether to accept the governor's proposal through legislation that would codify it or reject it.

Death penalty: Florida may be pondering 'novel' lethal injection change

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 6:47am

In a move that would be certain to spur more litigation over the state's already embattled death penalty, Florida corrections officials appear to be planning what could be a dramatic change to the triple-drug lethal injection process --- including the use of a drug never before used for executions. The Department of Corrections has spent more than $12,000 this year stockpiling three drugs likely to be used to kill condemned prisoners, according to records obtained by The News Service of Florida.

Will the death penalty resume with Prop 66 passage, despite Jerry Browna s oppositon?

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:56am

Twenty-eight men are awaiting execution on death row for murders that occurred in - or are otherwise linked to - the South Bay or Harbor Area. Following are capsule summaries of their crimes: • Melvin Turner: Shot a doctor and schoolteacher to death execution-style in a Torrance Municipal Airport hangar in 1979.

Alabama and Georgia dueling for death penalty capital

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:52pm

In the midst of celebrations, good cheer, and that warm charity of spirit only the holidays bring, oft expressed as "peace on earth and goodwill towards all," Georgia and Alabama are instead ritualizing killing. If it feels like I just wrote a column about Georgia's shameful record on executions , it's because I did.

Dylann Roof allowed to hire lawyers back, for now

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 6:47pm

A federal judge agreed Monday to let a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners rehire his attorneys until a verdict is reached, but to remain his own lawyer if he is found guilty and the trial moves into a penalty phase. The decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ended a week of Roof acting as his own lawyer in his death penalty trial.

Death penalty for fugitive war criminal Edris

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:36pm

It was the Hindus of Shariatpur who were targeted by Sulaiman Mollah and Edris Ali Sardar during the Liberation War in 1971. With the intent to wipe out the Hindu community, the duo along with the Pakistan army men and their associates killed more than 200 Hindus in Palang of Shariatpur and raped at least 15 Hindu women.

Man in son's hot car death to be sentenced

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:16pm

Justin Ross Harris, the metro Atlanta father guilty of leaving his 22-month-old son in a sweltering SUV for seven hours to die, will learn his fate Monday. But the sentencing won't mean the headline-grabbing case is over.

Sidelined Philippines vice-president warns of plot to oust her for Marcos

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:03am

Philippines Vice-President Leni Robredo resigned from the cabinet on Monday but vowed to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty. Robredo, who will remain vice-president, had clashed frequently with Duterte and decided to resign from her ministerial role after being instructed via a text message to stay away from his cabinet meetings.

Judge meets with attorneys regarding death row inmate

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 7:53am

A judge is meeting with attorneys in the case of a man sentenced to death for raping and killing a University of Delaware student. The judge scheduled an office conference Monday in the case of James Cooke, who was convicted of the 2005 murder of 20-year-old Lindsey Bonistall of White Plains, New York.

Irish student imprisoned in Egypt begs to be buried in his homeland

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 8:08pm

Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish student who has been detained in Cairo since 2013, wrote a letter home requesting he be buried in Ireland if he "does not make it out alive," according to a report in The Independent on Friday. Halawa was arrested in Cairo for allegedly taking part in protests when he was 17. Now 21, he has written home complaining that he witnessed torture and suffered emotional and physical abuse.

Dylann Roof to judge: Let lawyers back on death penalty case

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 4:17pm

This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. A judge ruled Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, that Roof is competent to stand trial for the killing of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church.