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Are there five SCOTUS votes to overturn the death penalty?

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 9:33am

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy could provide a key vote to hold the death penalty is unconstitutional, a law professor asserts. Writing for Slate , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill law professor Robert Smith notes the recent dissent by Justice Stephen G. Breyer in Glossip v.

As death penalty debate reignites, Florida carves its own path

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 1:18am

Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it used to be. Pay is sluggish.

South Sudanese pastors face death in espionage trial, defense gets 15 minutes to prepare case

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:13pm

A Sudanese judge last week ruled that the two South Sudanese pastors charged with spying, but whose supporters say are being persecuted for their faith, will face trial on charges that carry the death penalty. Yat Michael Ruot and Peter Yein Reith, both Presbyterian pastors from the seceded nation of South Sudan, have been held since around the beginning of the year by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services on charges of undermining the constitution and espionage.

Man convicted in 6 Illinois deaths seeks new Missouri venue

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 6:03pm

In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, Nicholas Sheley is escorted into the Whiteside County courtroom in Morrison, Ill., for sentencing in the murder of four people in a northwest Illinois apartment in the June 2008. Missouri prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the 35-year-old Sheley, accused in the killing of a couple from Arkansas, who is already serving life sentences in six slayings in Illinois.

Death penalty case: Brandon Conner arraigned on charges stemming from double homicide

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:02pm

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Muscogee County deputies escort Brandon David Conner into Superior Court Monday for his arraignment in 2014 homicide of Rosella "Mandy" Mitchell and their six-month old son Dylan Conner. Conner faces multiple charges, including two counts of felony murder, two counts of malice murder and first degree arson.

Dogs and the Death Penalty

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:02pm

After spending months fighting to save her two dogs from the death penalty, Caitlin McAdam's battle is finally over. McAdam's nightmare all started four months ago, when her dogs were seized by animal control after being accused of killing a neighbor's cat.

Malaysia reduces Pinay's death sentence to life imprisonment

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:57pm

The State Pardons Board in Selangor, Malaysia has commuted the death penalty imposed on a Filipina to life imprisonment, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said Tuesday. A statement from the embassy said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj, chairman of the State of Selangor Pardons Board, revised the sentence meted on Jacqueline Quiamno on June 15, following a request for clemency from the Philippine Embassy and her family.

Suspect In Murder of NOPD Officer To Be Arraigned

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 8:47am

The 33-year-old suspect in the June 20 shooting death of NOPD Officer, Daryle Holloway is scheduled to be arraigned today. Travis Boys has been charged with first-degree murder of a police officer and the Orleans Parish District Attorney has said he will pursue the death penalty if Boys is convicted.

Lawmakers push to abolish death penalty

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:47am

Lawmakers here Monday submitted a bipartisan bill to the National Assembly proposing to abolish the death penalty, citing a clause in the South Korean Constitution that obligates citizens to "respect human dignity." South Korea carried out its last death sentence in December 1997.

Sudan: Pastors Can be Charged with Crimes Punishable by Death

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:47am

A judge in Sudan ruled yesterday that there was enough evidence to charge two South Sudanese pastors with crimes that carry the death penalty. According to Morning Star News, Reverends Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were arrested by the state in response to their support of a Khartoum church whose property was the object of a government-assisted take-over.

Monday briefing for July 6, 2015

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:43am

We routinely go to wallethub.com to check out its latest rankings of states according to various categories , and there is a seemingly never-ending supply of categories. Virginia finished tops in the overall rankings with a No.

Suspected cop killer could face death penalty

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 11:37pm

A man arrested in connection with the shooting death of a New Orleans police officer is scheduled to be back in Orleans Parish criminal court Monday. Travis Boys is expected to enter a plea during his arraignment.

Ind. Courts - Death penalty in Indiana 'is fading from people's minds and memories'

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 10:31pm

Longtime public defender Paula Sites once devoted a significant part of her work to training lawyers to represent clients facing execution. Now, she does offers the sessions every two years - the minimum required by the state.

A death penalty case in Louisiana

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 10:31pm

"Revenge Killing: Race and the death penalty in a Louisiana parish" is a New Yorker story about a man in Louisiana sentenced to death after either a tragic murder or a tragic accident, depending on which medical expert you believe. As with similar stories from the magazine, the description of the legal process is thorough.

Should Meagan Grunwald get life without parole?

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:27pm

Instead, Meagan Grunwald, who was 17 when she drove the getaway vehicle for her boyfriend after he shot and killed a Utah County sheriff's sergeant and later shot and critically injured another deputy, could be sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Fourth District Judge Darold McDade only has one other option he can consider for her: 25 years to life in prison.

Two racist AWOL soldiers go on killing rampage in 1961

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 9:24pm

Short of cash, two hellbound AWOL soldiers propped open the hood of their stolen Dodge on Highway 40 in the high plains of western Kansas and waited for a sucker to stop. The doomed Samaritan proved to be Otto Ziegler, 62, a Union Pacific roadmaster who was out checking tracks in his yellow company truck.

James Gill: Wherea s Yankee know-how on executions?

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 5:14pm

Sure, we are the only advanced society with the death penalty, but we must ask ourselves whether we are proving worthy of the distinction. We sentence 'em to death all right, but we are seldom up to the task of killing them.

Egypt stuck in turmoil

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 1:05pm

Two years after the army deposed president Mohamed Mursi, Egypt is roiled by brazen Islamic State group attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and brutal government repression that has killed hundreds. Militant attacks have persisted since the then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi ousted Mursi on July 3, 2013, after mass street protests against the Islamist's single year of divisive rule.

Bangladesh's Ex-minister should be hanged for blasphemy: Islamists

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 8:50am

Dhaka: Thousands of Islamists protested on Friday in the Bangladeshi capital demanding the death penalty for a former government minister, accused of blasphemy for comments perceived to be against Islam. Anger among Islamists has been rising since former telecommunications minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui was released on bail last week, over comments he made in 2014 against the annual Haj pilgrimage.

The Supreme Court is ignoring a huge wave in American politics

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:41am

Saying the Supreme Court had a big term would be a massive understatement. It legalized gay marriage nationwide, upheld a key tenet of Obamacare , and cracked down on gerrymandering .