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Friend of convicted murderer and former NFL player Aaron Hernandez...

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 9:13pm

EXCLUSIVE: Daughter gunned down by mom in Texas was due to marry today - and her mother STABBED both her daughters before shooting them and trying to kill her husband Farmer's wife, 49, is sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing her husband of 30 years with a pitchfork and burying him in manure Breaking into homes, assassinating dogs, and even DEFECATING on carpets: The increasingly criminal and bizarre measures Russian agents are taking to intimidate US diplomats in Europe Bernie Sanders demands Democratic platform contain plank against 'disastrous' Pacific trade deal after Clinton backers oppose tough language, while progressive House Dem hails document for $15 minimum wage and attack on death penalty Brooklyn teacher goes to police after 'school fails to punish students who hacked into her Facebook and posted a sexually-charged exchange she had with her ex' The hills are alive ... (more)

No to death penalty: It is unfair, unreliable

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:30pm

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, the fingers of Martin Navarette reach out of his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. With California's lethal injection protocol in limbo, the nearly 750 inmates at San Quentin State Prison, the nation's most populous death row, are more likely to die from natural causes or suicide than execution.

Man won't face death penalty in Oklahoma girl's abduction

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 7:47am

A Midwest City man charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the abduction of an 8-year-old girl in 1997 won't face the death penalty.

Philippines' Duterte says wants death penalty for revenge

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 3:10am

Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Monday hit out at "stupid" human rights campaigners, as he defended his imminent war on crime and emphasised the death penalty was for retribution. Duterte gave a lengthy speech in his southern hometown of Davao to outline his vision for the nation once he takes office on Thursday, with a heavy focus on his controversial plans to fight crime.

Rape survivor sues Salman Khan for Rs 10 crore

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:57am

CHANDIGARH: Adding to the worries of actor Salman Khan , a survivor of gangrape from Hisar on Saturday has served a Rs 10-crore damage notice on him while asking him to tender a public apology over his alleged remark about rape victims. The notice has been sent to Salman's West Mumbai's Bandra address.

Sudan: 'Death Penalty for Student a Crime' - Darfur Bar Association

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 8:15pm

In a statement on Friday, the Darfur Bar Association strongly objected to the death sentence handed-down by the Khartoum Bahri Criminal Court on student Mohamed Abdallah Baggari. On 29 April last year, militant National Congress Party students attacked a meeting of the Darfur Student Association.

It's Debatable: An appeal for, against appeals

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 3:42pm

This is the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, as it was photographed in 2010. A new state report found each death row inmate in Utah costs $1.66 million more in taxpayer money than one sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Mercado: Patay Kang Bata Ka

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 11:15am

The prelates have the option of either accepting the restoration of the death penalty or the reality of summary killings of known criminals. President-elect Duterte anticipated the widespread protest against the killings that are regularly carried out with methodical dispatch and efficiency.

Guest Column: After Orlando, reclaiming our common humanity

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 6:44am

Horrific events like the heartbreaking tragedy in Orlando - the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history - bring out the best and the worst in the American character. After Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, many clergy who rarely, if ever, acknowledge the LGBT community in positive terms offered prayers for LGBT people - actually reciting the letters.

Students set up debate club

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 2:18am

The Westwood College newly-founded Debate Club welcomes students from any year group to get-together to discuss contemporary issues and controversial topics such as immigration and political correctness. Year 11 student Anna Parker said: "It is a great opportunity for students to build confidence in public speaking and gain experience in a formal debate setting."

Arkansas death penalty drug expiring before use

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 9:45pm

One of Arkansas' execution drugs will expire before a court decision upholding the state's execution law goes into effect, and might be impossible to replace. A spokesman for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Friday that she will not ask the state's Supreme Court to expedite finalizing its Thursday ruling that upheld Arkansas' execution secrecy law and drug protocol.

Arizona runs out of lethal injection drugs: Is this how the death penalty dies?

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 5:09pm

Arizona drugs shortfall is part of an increasingly poignant national debate that has put the ethics of the death penalty at odds with its practicality. Florence state prison, Arizona prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz.

Duterte: Death penalty is a form of retribution

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 12:45pm

Duterte, at the change of command ceremony at Davao City Police Office , said criminals should face death penalty as a consequence of their acts. "Hindi mo kailangan matakot, mamamatay ka talaga because it's retribution, magbabayad ka sa ginagawa mo," he said, referring to criminals facing death penalty.

Prosecutor: Marion County judge's ruling puts death penalty in jeopardy

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 8:46am

A Marion County judge this week dropped the death penalty elements from a convicted murderer-rapist's sentence on the grounds that there were similarities to a Florida death sentence ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court this year. Because Florida and Ohio have similar sentencing and procedural guidelines, defense attorneys argued that Maurice A. Mason, sentenced in 1994 for raping and beating to death Robin Dennis, then 19 and pregnant, should not be executed.

Democrats approved platform draft with Sanders' imprint

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 4:43am

Democrats approved a draft of the party platform early Saturday that includes steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocates for a $15 an hour wage and urges the abolition of the death penalty, reflecting the influence of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Supporters of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton defeated measures pushed by Sanders' allies that would have promoted a Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system, a carbon tax to address climate change and impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracking.

Judge tosses suit against theater chain over Colorado cinema massacre

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 2:42am

A federal judge on Friday dismissed lawsuits filed against the owners of a Colorado theater where 12 people were killed and 70 wounded during a screening of a Batman film in 2012, court records showed. Relatives of some of the dead victims and wounded survivors claimed in the lawsuit that theater chain Cinemark USA was negligent by not providing adequate security for its patrons.

Arizona abandons use of sedative as a lethal-injection drug

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:07pm

The state of Arizona has eliminated its use of the sedative midazolam as one of the drugs it relies on in carrying out executions. Lawyers for the state said in a court filing Friday that its current supply of midazolam expired on May 31 and that Arizona's sources of the drug have dried up because of pressure from opponents of the death penalty.

Georgia sets execution for man convicted of killing friend

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 7:50pm

Georgia announced an execution date on Friday for a man convicted of killing a friend after a night of drinking and smoking marijuana.

No death penalty for son charged with killing parents

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:33pm

That means that Peter David Haynes, 24, will face a possible sentence of life in prison without parole if he is convicted of killing emergency physician Dr. David Haynes, 62, and Lissa Haynes, 61, in their Sunset Cliffs home. San Diego County prosecutors do not disclose the reasons they choose not to pursue the death penalty in any particular case.

Prosecutors decline to seek death penalty against murder defendant in 1997 cold case

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 1:20pm

A murder defendant accused in the 1997 disappearance of an 8-year-old Midwest City girl will not face the death penalty. Anthony Joseph Palma, 57, of Midwest City, was charged in October with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the second-grader's abduction and presumed death.