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China sets death penalty threshold in graft cases

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 5:39am

A general view shows that delegates enter the Great Hall of the People, the venue of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files BEIJING: Corruption cases involving three million yuan or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft.

China announces criteria for capital punishment in graft cases

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:30am

Hong Kong, Apr.18 : China has said that convicts found guilty of embezzling or accepting bribes worth 3 million Yuan , will be sentenced to death. However, it said that the handing out of capital punishment would be based on the severity of corruption and its overall impact on society.

An interesting perspective on Virginia's recent capital experiences

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 11:38pm

Virginia made capitalheadlines last week after Gov. Terry McAuliffe altered a bill passed by the state's legislature calling for use of the electric chair if the state could not obtain need lethal drugs. The headline of this Washington Post piece from last week explains his proposed alternative approach: "In a move that could jeopardize executions, McAuliffe wants to shield the identity of makers of lethal-injection drugs."

Wishful Ag thinking about prison security Apr. 17, 2016, 7:0 PM Ast

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:04pm

So long as hanging remains the ultimate penalty provided for murder, "Death Row" must retain for convicts a chilling association with incarceration without end. For long, however, no convicted Trinidad and Tobago killers have suffered the death penalty.

Lawmakers return to take up death penalty, ethics law

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 11:49am

Virginia lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol this week to debate how the state should put inmates to death, how it should structure a new economic development initiative, and whether the Old Dominion should tweak its new ethics laws. Wednesday is the so-called veto session, where legislators return to Richmond for a day to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to legislation passed earlier this year.

Gov. Jerry Brown to consider clemency for death row inmate Kevin Cooper

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 6:02am

After 33 years in jail - 31 spent on San Quentin Prison's death row - Kevin Cooper's last hope of avoiding execution rests in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown. The defense team for Cooper, convicted in February 1985 for the 1983 murders of a Chino Hills family and a neighbor, submitted a clemency petition to the governor Feb. 17, three months after a federal court reinstated the death penalty in California.

Bill extends prison time

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 2:31am

A proposal that's been approved by lawmakers in the Ohio House would - if it becomes law and a local teen is found guilty of killing his elderly neighbor - add prison time before the boy will be eligible for parole. The bill, which now moves onto lawmakers in the Ohio Senate, increases parole eligibility to 35, 40, 45, 50 or 55 years, compared to what judges can impose now - 20, 25 or 30 years.

Man gets life for strangling wife while demanding PIN number

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:44pm

A man who killed his wife after she was trying to help him when he got out of prison will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Multiple media outlets reported that 39-year-old Lanson Stalf plead guilty to first-degree murder Friday in a deal that kept him from possibility getting the death penalty.

Woman convicted of participating in Manson killings recommended for parole

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 3:42pm

After 19 denials, Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten is a step closer to being free, after a parole board panel recommended her release, a spokesman for the California department of corrections said Thursday. The full Board of Parole Hearings will review the decision during the next four months, then could send the case to California Gov. Jerry Brown, according to corrections spokesman Luis Patino.

Ohio judge keeps death option in arson fire that killed 3

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 11:42am

An Ohio judge has denied a request to remove the death penalty option for a man accused of killing a 10-year-old girl and her grandparents in a March 2015 arson fire. Attorneys for 47-year-old Robert Seman Jr., of Green, sought to have the death penalty declared unconstitutional because of how the appeals process works.

Justice delayed extends trial by ordeal

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 9:05am

Sept. 6, 1901: Leon Czolgosz fires two rounds from a .32-caliber revolver into President William McKinley's stomach at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. Sept. 26, 1901: A New York state court jury, two days after finding Czolgosz guilty of murder, sentences him to death.

Making in Oklahoma the modern "conservative appeal against death penalty"

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 4:53am

Richard Viguerie has this notable new commentary in an Oklahoma paper headlined "A conservative appeal against death penalty." Here are excerpts: This election year, Republican and Democratic voters in records numbers agree on something: They distrust political leaders and the political establishment.

Man charged with killing his nephews in Arcadia is extradited from Hong Kong

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 1:05am

Chinese national Deyun Shi, 44, who is accused of killing his two teenage nephews in Arcadia, is escorted by police to a hospital in Hong Kong on Feb. 1. He returned to L.A. on Friday. Chinese national Deyun Shi, 44, who is accused of killing his two teenage nephews in Arcadia, is escorted by police to a hospital in Hong Kong on Feb. 1. He returned to L.A. on Friday.

Clearwater man seeking death penalty disrupts hearing with outbursts

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:09pm

He represents himself on the charges that he killed his girlfriend and their infant son. He has repeatedly said he wants the death penalty.

Iran Under Pressure to Drop Death Penalty for Drug Offenses

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:09pm

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on April 14 issued a statement appealing to Iran to halt executions for drug offenses until the country's parliament debates a new law that would eliminate the mandatory death penalty for drug-related crimes. The statements came in response to the hanging of five men over the weekend, three of them on charges of narcotics trafficking.

Lawmaker seeks ruling on death penalty proposal

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:09pm

Del. Jackson Miller, is introducing a bill that would uphold fantasy sports contests as legal and put regulations in place to protect consumers.original bill would have allowed the state to use the electric chair as a fallback option.

James Gill: GOP ex-sheriff changes lifelong view, questions death penalty

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:58pm

If Steve Pylant can change his lifelong views and come out against the death penalty, you have to figure its days are numbered. The latest opinion polls show a solid majority against it.

Mom accused of killing sons seeks no death penalty, 3 trials

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 8:51pm

An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons out of jealousy at the attention her husband gave them is asking a judge to toss her confession, split the case into three trials and remove the death penalty as a possibility. The Dayton Daily News reports that lawyers for 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington filed six motions April 1. Prosecutors had 20 days to respond.

Cuyahoga Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty For Man Charged With 5 Murders

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 6:04pm

County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty is now seeking the death penalty for a man charged with 5 murders in a 2014 East Cleveland shooting, county prosecutor's office spokesman Joeseph Frolik told Patch. James Sparks-Henderson, 20, was originally indicted on May 14, 2015, for the murders of Lemon Bryant, 60, Shaylona Williams, 17, Ja'rio Taylor, 18, and Sherita Johnson, 41 and the unborn child of Johnson, according to court records .

Former death-row inmate speaks on being 100th exonerated in U.S.

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 5:02pm

Spending over 10 years in prison, on death row, for a crime he was eventually exonerated for has led Ray Krone to question the death penalty, but mostly to question why he had to go through the Aa SGROUP OFa SSTUDENTS and others listened to a presentation by Ray Krone about the death penalty and his exoneration in a murder case in Arizona. Krone was the 100th person who was on death row to have further evidence presented that allowed him to be freed from prison.