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Sixth Argument Against Death Penalty

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:44pm

Another film by the producer Viktar Tratsiakou, belonging to the series "Six Arguments against the Death Penalty", tells about the ineffectiveness of the death penalty in preventing crime. The premiere of the whole film cycle "Six Arguments against the Death Penalty" with the participation of the film director Viktar Tratsiakou, the playwright Palina Stsepanenka and the coordinator of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus" Andrei Paluda will be held on October 7 in Vilnius Museum of Genocide Victims within the Week against the Death Penalty in Belarus, Viasna reports.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds death penalty for killer of game commission officer

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 6:30pm

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for Christopher Johnson, pictured, on Monday. Johnson was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting and killing Pennsylvania Game Commission officer David Grove, 31, on Nov. 11, 2010 while he was patrolling near Gettysburg National Military Park in Adams County.

Saudi Government threatens death penalty for tweeting - reports

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:23pm

The Saudi Arabian Government has warned that people could face execution for tweeting "rumours," according to the state-backed Makkah Newspaper. In an article published online on October 3rd, the paper said that a "judicial source" at the country's Ministry of Justice had "confirmed to Makkah Online that the death penalty is the harshest of the penalties that can be enacted upon those who spread rumours which create civil discord, via social media platforms like Twitter."

Herhold: Let California voters have a say on Citizens United ruling

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:17pm

Let us begin today by stating a sorry fact. With the untrammeled growth of the initiative process over the last 40 years and more, the California Legislature has become increasingly irrelevant.

Texas plans to execute a man who killed, robbed victim of $8

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:04am

Texas plans on Tuesday to execute a man who was convicted of fatally shooting a recently arrived Mexican immigrant in the head and robbing him of $8. Juan Garcia is set to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time at the state's death chamber in Huntsville.

After Oregon Shooting, Where Is Our Theology of Life?by Mark Lockard

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 6:01am

Last Wednesday, in the wee hours of the morning, the state of Georgia executed Kelly Gissendaner for her role in planning the 1997 murder of her husband, Doug Gissendaner. In prison, Kelly Gissendaner came to model what we think of when we talk about rehabilitated convicts.

Charlottesville Judge Hears Motions in Capital Murder Case

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 1:58am

A Charlottesville man who could face the death penalty appeared in court Monday for a motions hearing in the case involving the murder of an elementary school teacher and her daughter. Attorneys argued several motions in the capital murder case against 31-year-old Gene Everett Washington.

Cheyenne Man Appeals Murder Conviction

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:58pm

A Cheyenne man serving life in prison is appealing his murder convictions, claiming lawyers at the Wyoming Public Defender's Office weren't qualified to defend him against death penalty charges. Castellanos was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the August 2011 shootings of three people at his Cheyenne home.

Arkansas: Deal with inmates over drug secrecy not a contract

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 8:59pm

Arkansas' prison system says that an agreement to tell condemned inmates the source of its execution drugs isn't technically a contract and that a judge should dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new death penalty law.

5 Supreme Court Cases that John Roberts Could Use to Win Back Conservatives

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:48pm

Chief Justice John Roberts kicks off his 11th year on the US Supreme Court on Monday, not with accolades for his stewardship of the nation's highest court, but as the target of GOP presidential candidates who think he's gone soft for siding with liberals on the big Obamacare decision. But Roberts will have a good chance to redeem himself with his conservative base in the coming term.

Supreme Court rejects death row appeal over racist juror who said...

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 2:49pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal over a juror who used racial slurs to refer to the man he sentenced to death. Last month, attorneys for Kenneth Fults submitted a petition to the Supreme Court asking for an appeal on the basis that the defendant did not receive a fair trial because of racism.

James Calvert prepares to face the death penalty

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:42am

It took a Smith County jury less than an hour to decide Calvert was guilty of killing his ex-wife Jelena Sriraman and kidnapping their 4-year-old son. The jury will now hear from the State and defense as it related to the fate of James Calvert.

5 things you need to know Monday

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:34am

Check out this story on Abigail Fisher, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court after her original case was heard three years ago. The Supreme Court begins its new term Monday - and it's deja vu when it comes to the cases on the high court's docket.

British Prime Minister David Cameron urges Saudi Arabia not to crucify protester

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 5:17am

Manchester: British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Middle East ally Saudi Arabia on Sunday not to go ahead with the execution of a Shiite Muslim sentenced to death over his role in anti-government protests. "Don't do it," Mr Cameron said when asked about the case of Ali al-Nimr, who was handed the death penalty after taking part in demonstrations in Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern Province.

Utah prison death investigated as homicide only after cellmate sends...

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:13am

It wasn't until the man's cellmate, Steven Douglas Crutcher, penned a letter to the Sanpete County attorney - where he allegedly confessed to killing Cardona-Gueton - that the probe became a homicide investigation, according to recently filed court documents. Now, the man's defense attorneys are trying to keep that letter out of an upcoming trial for Crutcher, who is facing the death penalty for the April 2013 murder.

UN rights experts again urge Pakistan to put moratorium on death penalty

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 8:59pm

There are more than 8,000 people on death row in Pakistan, and the UN experts believe that many of them may have been sentenced for crimes they committed as children. The experts' call came after Ansar Iqbal was executed this week by hanging.

Pakistani Taliban says hanged military officer as revenge for executions

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 4:59pm

The Pakistani Taliban has hanged a military intelligence officer in retaliation for recent executions of militants by Pakistan, the militant Islamist group said in videos released on Sunday. Reuters could not independently authenticate the two videos and a Pakistani military spokesman was not immediately able to comment on them.

Drugs derail Oklahoma execution, cast doubt on protocols

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 12:48pm

Despite more than a year of painstaking training and preparation to ensure that executions in Oklahoma were performed without a hitch, the state's latest attempt to lethally inject an inmate was thwarted by a last-minute glitch - the wrong drugs were delivered to the prison. It prompted the attorney general in this Republican-heavy state to call for all lethal injections to stop.

Ex-justice chiefs join anti-death penalty rally

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 8:39am

Hundreds of people who rallied against capital punishment ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty on Oct. 10 were joined by two former justice ministers who shared their experiences wielding the authority to order executions. At the meeting Saturday of around 200 people, Seiken Sugiura, who was justice minister from 2005 to 2006 under a Liberal Democratic Party government, said: "After becoming justice minister in October 2005, I seriously thought about capital punishment, and I could not come up with an answer about why we dare to claim lives of death row inmates, even if they committed heinous crimes."

Time not ripe yet to abolish death penalty: Home Ministry

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 4:22am

The Home Ministry is likely to reject Law Commission's recommendation for abolition of death penalty, maintaining that time was not ripe yet to remove it completely from the statute book keeping in mind the threat from terrorism. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior officials had detailed discussions on the Law Commission's report supporting abolition of death penalty except in terror-related cases.