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Capital punishment and the futility of referenda

7 hours 16 min ago

With time growing short and the abolition of capital punishment guaranteed if Hillary Clinton is elected to place justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, death penalty supporters are wasting their energy and resources. Despite the fact that substantial majorities of the American people have consistently favored capital punishment, it is on the verge of complete abolition .

When Romney trounced Obama

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 10:33pm

The sheer panic Democrats felt in 2012 after Mitt Romney demolished Barack Obama at their first presidential debate in Denver can't be overstated. It wasn't one of those classic debate gaffes: Richard Nixon mopping his sweaty brow; Michael Dukakis's robotic response to whether he'd favor the death penalty if someone raped and murdered his wife; or George H.W. Bush checking his watch; or even Al Gore's audible sighs.

Thoughts after a taxi drive in Greece

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 6:35pm

"He should have been hanged in Syntagma Square, in Athens. But, unfortunately, the death penalty has been abolished in Greece!" said the hyper taxi driver who was driving us back to Athens from the port of Astakos, just across the Ionian Sea islands of Lefkas, Kephalonia and Ithaki, in the western part of Greece.

Zimbabwe: Death Penalty Violates Human Rights

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 8:34am

Capital punishment has been a contentious issue in Zimbabwe for many years. While the new Constitution must be hailed for giving reprieve to women and men aged under 21 or over 70 years of age at the time of committing the crime, a lot of people still believe the death sentence should be removed from our statutes.

Man found guilty in Owasso baby's death

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 2:21pm

On Friday, a jury found Brandon Nordstedt guilty of killing the baby. The jury recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.

SC grants life to death row convict, acquits him of charges of killing wife, 5 daughters

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:10am

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court saved on Friday a death row convict from the gallows and acquitted him of charges of killing his wife and five daughters in Durg district of Chhattisgarh in 2012 saying there was no admissible evidence to prove his involvement in the case. A three-judge bench by a majority set aside the orders of the rial court and Chhattisgarh High Court which had convicted him in the gruesome murder case and had awarded him death penalty.

Appeals court overturns Indiana death row inmate's conviction

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 8:07am

A federal appeals court overturned the triple-murder conviction of an Indiana death row inmate on Friday and granted him a new trial due to key evidence that was withheld in earlier trials, the man's attorney and court documents said. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago voted 6-3 to overturn the conviction of Wayne Kubsch for the 1988 murders of his wife Beth Kubsch, her ex-husband Rick Milewski and his son Aaron Milewski.

Men facing death argue state law is unconstitutional

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 4:05am

As guards stood in front of the exits, Carl Blount sat across from posters of the watchful eyes from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" Thursday in a Lake County courtroom. While the eyes may have been pointed at Blount his eyes were locked squarely on his attorney.

UN human rights official underscores effects of death penalty on range of victims

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 12:12am

A wide view of the High-level event entitled "The Death Penalty and Victims" co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Argentina, France and Italy, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights . UN Photo/Manuel Elias 21 September 2016 - Capital punishment affects an array of people, including convicted persons, the family members of both victims and perpetrators, and even people involved in criminal proceedings and executions, a senior United Nations human rights official declared today, as the world body launched a publication on the issue.

Theater Actor Gets Death Penalty for Double-Murder, Dismemberment

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 8:03pm

A convicted double-murderer who mutilated the body of one his victims and tried to throw authorities off his trail by framing the dead man for the second killing was sentenced to death today by an Orange County Superior Court judge. Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 32, a former Los Alamitos community theater actor who killed the victims to raise funds for his pending nuptials and honeymoon, was convicted in December of the 2010 murders of 26-year-old Samuel Eliezer Herr and 23-year-old Julie Kibuishi.

Renfro's jail behavior to be used to support death penalty

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:36pm

Prosecutors will be able to use the testimony about how a man accused of killing a Coeur d'Alene police officer has acted while he's been in jail awaiting trial. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a judge ruled on Wednesday and Thursday that 26-year-old Jonathan Renfro's alleged conduct in jail can be included in a list of aggravating factors the prosecution can present to the jury in an attempt to secure the death penalty.

To kill or not to kill? Death penalty debate weighs heavy on us all

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:36pm

This January 1996 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows the entrance to the execution chamber and the lethal injection table at California's San Quentin State Prison. Two rival death penalty initiatives are on the November 2016 ballot.

Arraignment continued for man accused in Centennial rampage as death...

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:36pm

An arraignment for the man accused of shooting and killing a doctor and wounding two women in an April rampage through his Centennial neighborhood was continued on Friday amid the possibility that prosecutors could seek the death penalty and his defense team might pursue an insanity plea. Chief District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. pushed back the hearing, in which defendants typically enter a plea, to November at the request of Kevin Lee Lyons ' attorneys.

Marijuana? Death penalty? Ita s a hard year for California voters: Susan Shelley

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:26pm

Still, somebody's always trying to fix the mechanism so it runs more like a Swiss watch and less like a smashed Timex. This year, reformers in California have tinkered with legalizing marijuana for recreational use and with reforming the death penalty, either by abolishing it or accelerating it.

Solicitor's Office marches toward death penalty cases, but Department ...

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:08am

Deputy Solicitor Scott Hinson told a jury this past week that he wants to try Jerome Jenkins first in connection with the Sunhouse murder cases. The trial won't happen before October of 2017.

Adams 'must explain death penalty informer remark'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 6:50am

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams speaks to the media at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan near Tullamore, after he denied sanctioning the murder of a British spy in the IRA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

How Mexico saves its citizens from the death penalty in the US

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:50am

When the body of 25-year old Lesley Hope Plott was found lying in a ditch in Russellville, Ala., in February of 2013, police had little trouble zeroing in on a suspect: hours earlier, a nearby church's security camera had recorded her being beaten and stabbed by her estranged husband, Angel Campos Nava. He had already been convicted of assaulting Plott on two earlier occasions.

Man accused in downtown suitcase murder pleads not-guilty

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:43pm

A man accused of strangling a female acquaintance after watching her have sex with two other people, then stuffing her body into a suitcase and putting it out with the trash, pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder charges that could lead to the death penalty if he's convicted. Joshua Matthew Palmer, 32, is charged with murder and special circumstance allegations of murder during a rape, murder during sodomy and murder during a rape by an instrument.

Australian child molester Peter Scully faces death penalty in Philippines

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 6:22pm

Peter Scully, a father of two from Melbourne, allegedly beat, raped and tortured young girls on film and sold videos to an international paedophile ring. Photo / Supplied He is a 53-year-old Australian accused of the torture and murder of children for his own sexual gratification that authorities are considering reintroducing the death penalty for.

Duo plead guilty in murders of Lake Wylie couple

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:05pm

A man who orchestrated the killings of a Lake Wylie couple while he was in jail has entered a guilty plea to federal charges. The man who pulled the trigger also admitted his guilt.