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Judge denies video during Jodi Arias death penalty retrial

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:16pm

The ruling was released Monday ahead of Arias' return to court for a hearing. The penalty phase retrial is scheduled to begin Sept.

American media should not aid Islamic State with its propaganda

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:03am

I have borne witness to an execution - not that I wanted to, but because the condemned man whom I had gotten to know over a 10-year period asked me to be there. Henry Martinez Porter of San Antonio, who was found guilty of killing a Fort Worth police officer, didn't want any of his family members to be present to watch his death in 1985.

Cruel, unusual and irreversible

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:57pm

Henry McCollum spent more than 30 years of his life knowing that the State of North Carolina could end it. He was, until earlier this month, the longest-serving inmate on the state's death row.

The Troy Davis Book Club: Three Years After His Execution, a Movement to Resurrect His Story

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 4:52pm

The Davis family in May 2011, clockwise from top: Martina Davis-Correia, Kimberly Davis, Ebony Davis, Kiersten Herron, De'Jaun Davis-Correia, Lester Davis. Photo courtesy of the family.

Gruesome Buddies: ISIS Beheadings And the American Death Penalty

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 1:12pm

"What is certain is that we, too, execute innocent people. We just do it after spending a lot more money to cover our asses."

Imran, Kamal's factions clash at Shahbagh

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 9:32am

Two factions of Gonojagoron Mancha clashed at the capital's Shahbagh yesterday, injuring at least five people including Imran H Sarker, the leader of one side. The clash began around 7:00pm when both the groups were bullying each other from their separate rallies, around 15 feet apart, in front of the National Museum.

Experts debate whether Tenn. suspect can be executed

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 2:13am

As a group of 11 death row inmates sues to disrupt Tennessee's death penalty, a smaller battle is being waged in a Nashville courtroom over the intellect of a person the state wants to execute. Davis, 27, is accused of killing an Iraq War veteran, Herbert Clayton, in 2007 during a robbery at an ATM.

Qadri seeks death penalty for corrupt law

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:27pm

Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri Friday told his followers that the sit-in in the federal capital will continue for some more days and the government will finally collapse. Qadri also responded to the allegations hurled at him by the government, claiming that he had never received funds from any Asian or Western country.

Bakken Shale Speculator Is Charged With Arranging Murders

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:35pm

A felon suspected of defrauding investors in the booming oil fields of North Dakota was charged with arranging the murders of a business partner gunned down in his kitchen and a truck driver who vanished in 2012. James Henrikson, 35, orchestrated the murder of his partner, Douglas Carlile, on Dec. 15 in Spokane, Washington , according to an indictment unsealed there yesterday by U.S. prosecutors.

Correction: Newlyweds-Craigslist Killing story

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 2:43pm

In a Sept. 18 story about the sentencing of a couple who lured a stranger to his death with a Craigslist ad, The Associated Press erroneously reported how The Daily Item newspaper interviewed one of the defendants.

Pakistani academic accused of blasphemy shot dead in Karachi

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:18am

A Pakistani academic known for promoting liberal views on Islam has been shot dead by gunmen - two years after being accused of committing blasphemy in a speech he made in the US. Dr Muhammad Shakil Auj, Dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi, was attacked by two gunmen on a motorbike as he was making his way in his car to a function at the city's Iranian cultural centre.

Ex-Prosecutor: McCrory Would Be 'Fool' To Pardon 2

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:07am

The former prosecutor who originally tried two men recently freed by DNA evidence after 30 years in prison says Gov. Pat McCrory would be a "damn fool" to consider pardoning them. "He needs to get some investigators down here, quietly, investigating and talking to people," former Robeson County District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt told The Associated Press.

Floyd: Davontae Williams is one reason I can't oppose the death penalty

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 2:00am

My head - my earnest, left-leaning, liberal-media-person brain - dislikes capital punishment for practical reasons. It's arbitrarily applied: Poor, mentally impaired and minority defendants are more likely to get death sentences.

Could "death by lethal injection" come to a crashing halt in Pennsylvania?

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:03am

It was the week of September 8, 2014 when Governor Tom Corbett decided to indefinitely stay the execution of convicted murderer Hubert Lester Michael, Jr. because of difficulties in carrying out the death penalty. Governor Corbett, a former prosecutor, has signed 35 execution warrants during his reign as Governor.

Inmate Charged With Murdering Convicted Killer

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:57pm

A South Dakota State Penitentiary inmate is being charged with murder. Twenty-eight-year-old Douglas Ipsen is already serving a 65 year sentence at the penitentiary.


Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:55pm

Spared the gallows, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee will now be in prison until his death for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. The Supreme Court yesterday commuted his death sentence handed down by International Crimes Tribunal-1 on February 28 last year on charges of killing, abduction, torture, rape and forced religious conversion.

Couple sentenced to life in prison in Pa. Craigslist murder case

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:57pm

A young couple who admitted killing a Snyder County man the wife met through Craigslist has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence imposed Thursday by Northumberland County Judge Charles H. Saylor on Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband Elytte, 22, was anticipated because it is required with a second-degree murder conviction.

War, death and the Philadelphia mayor's race

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:54am

The Philadelphia mayor's race is starting to a) scare me and b) remind me of what Yogi Berra supposedly said once about California, that it gets late early out there. It may be just 2014 on the calendar, yet for voters hoping for a more dynamic choice to lead Philly beyond the Michael Nutter era the clock is already ticking rapidly.

Couple face life in prison in Craigslist slaying

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:57am

A newlywed couple who lured a stranger to his death through a Craigslist ad are due in court for sentencing. Nineteen-year-old Miranda Barbour and her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in a plea deal that took the death penalty off the table.

State lawmakers consider different method to execute death row inmates

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:42am

Oklahoma became the first state to allow lethal injection as a method of execution for death row inmates back in 1977, but after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April, some state lawmakers are considering using a different method to execute death row inmates. They're even turning to a local university to research one option.