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Bali Nine case: AFP retains ability to give information abroad that...

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Bangkok: Australian Federal Police retain the authority to provide information to foreign police agencies in cases carrying the death penalty, despite an outcry over the imminent executions of Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in Indonesia. The AFP can also provide information prior to a person being arrested, charged or convicted of an offence where the death penalty applies without seeking approval of Australia's Attorney-General or another relevant minister.

Prosecutors not seeking death penalty in Texas chief's death

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:28pm

The Bexar County district attorney will not pursue the death penalty against the man charged in the shooting death last summer of a police chief. District Attorney Nicholas LaHood on Tuesday cited Joshua Manuel Lopez's mental health and lack of criminal record as reasons the penalty will not be sought if he's convicted.

It's time to kill costly, ineffective death penalty

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:27am

Robeson County's district attorney says he favors the use of the death penalty as a deterrent, but his infrequent pursuit of that ultimate punishment is a slave to practicality. Pursuing a capital case takes up at lot of courtroom time and is costly, says Johnson Britt, and the likelihood of success is low because of juries reluctant to dish out the death penalty.

Azhar appeals against death penalty

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 7:28am

War criminal ATM Azharul Islam waving his hand to onlookers as he is put into a prison van after International Crimes Tribunal-1 awards him death penalty on December 30, 2014 for his crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Photo: STAR Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam today challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971.

Death penalty: Systemic inadequacies in the criminal justice process

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:27am

The Times' editorial " No reasonable argument for keeping death penalty " [Opinion, Jan. 21] makes a brief and insufficient mention of the "ultimate mistake," presumably a reference to the potential execution of an innocent person. The editorial then goes on to express, at length, the view that capital punishment is not justified because of the enormous expenses and delays involved and its uneven application.

Georgia executes man despite disability claim

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:18pm

Despite pleas by human rights groups and legal representatives who have argued that Hill's intellectual disability should have made him ineligible for the death penalty, Hill died by injection at the prison in Jackson, Georgia. His time of death was 7:55 p.m. ET, said spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan.

Prosecutors seek death penalty for Eric Frein

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:13pm

Frein faces a dozen charges, including terrorism and first-degree murder, in connection with a September ambush outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania. He is accused of shooting two state troopers, killing Cpl.

Prosecutor in Pa. trooper killing files for death penalty

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:13pm

A Pennsylvania prosecutor is formally notifying the court he's seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush. Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin filed a document Tuesday listing aggravating circumstances that could send Eric Frein to the state's death row.

Texas inmate set to die Wednesday wins reprieve

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:04pm

Texas' top criminal court called off Wednesday's scheduled execution of a death-row inmate linked to five killings in Houston, though attorneys said the court didn't immediately explain its decision. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a reprieve Tuesday afternoon to inmate Garcia White, who was sentenced to death after being convicted of fatally stabbing twin 16-year-old girls at a Houston apartment where their mother also was killed.

Noted death penalty abolitionist seeks Oklahoma moratorium

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:04pm

Noted author and death penalty abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean is urging Oklahomans to reconsider the death penalty while the Supreme Court decides whether the state's lethal injection method is constitutional. The Roman Catholic nun and author of the book "Dead Man Walking" joined a group of death penalty opponents Monday calling on Oklahomans to consider joining the 18 states that have abolished it.

Palestinians urged to abolish death penalty

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:58pm

A rights group on Tuesday urged Palestinian authorities to abolish the death penalty, after two new sentences were handed down this month in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights called for "an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a form of punishment because it violates international human rights standards."

Anti-death penalty group to protest firing squad bill

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:43pm

A group opposed to capital punishment plans to protest outside the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday over one lawmaker's plan to resurrect the use of firing squads. The group Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty argues firing squad executions are a gruesome relic of the state's Wild West past that create a media frenzy around condemned inmates.

Guest Editorial: The False Promise of the Death Penalty

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:28am

Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess argues: "Some people believe they are safer because of the death penalty; they're not." Three high-profile death penalty trials are underway in King County Superior Court, related to the 2009 assassination of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton and the 2007 Christmas Eve mass murders of three generations of the Anderson family in Carnation.

ASEAN rep rues Indonesia execution

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:23am

Indonesia's representative on ASEAN's human rights commission regrets his country has regressed on the death penalty, missing a chance to lead in the region. "We have been trying to convince other countries in the region to have a death penalty moratorium," he told AAP.

Abolishing death penalty wins bipartisan support in Legislature

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:14am

As two high profile death penalty cases go to trial in King County, a bipartisan team in the Legislature has introduced a bill that would abolish executions, impose mandatory life sentences and require that murderers work in prison to compensate their victims. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes: "The question is whether that is valid reason to spend $15 million in public funds."

'Intellectually disabled' man set for execution

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:04pm

Twice-convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill is set to be executed in Georgia on Tuesday night, despite pleas from human rights groups and legal representatives who say his intellectual disability should make him ineligible for the death penalty. Hill has an IQ of approximately 70 and the "emotional capacity of a young boy, " said his attorney, Bill Krammer.

Actor accused in 2 deaths shouldn't face death penalty, attorney says

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:55pm

A community theater actor accused of killing two college students in an effort to get money for his approaching wedding should not face the death penalty because of misconduct by prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, an attorney for the accused man says. In an 80-page summary of what he contends is a culture of misconduct and the misuse of jailhouse informants, Orange County public defender Scott Sanders argued that prosecutors should drop the death penalty against his client.

Actor accused in 2 deaths shouldn't face death penalty, attorney says

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:55pm

A community theater actor accused of killing two college students in an effort to get money for his approaching wedding should not face the death penalty because of misconduct by prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, an attorney for the accused man says. In an 80-page summary of what he contends is a culture of misconduct and the misuse of jailhouse informants, Orange County public defender Scott Sanders argued that prosecutors should drop the death penalty against his client.

US death penalty: Wyoming may allow firing squads in executions

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 1:50pm

Note: We do not store your email address but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies With numerous questions swirling around lethal injections as a method of execution in the US, one state has voted to revert to the use of a firing squad to ensure prisoners get executed even if lethal injections aren't possible.

City centre's hub of success

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:40am

A BRITISH grandmother facing the death penalty for smuggling cocaine into Bali fears she will face the firing squad within weeks after signing a crucial letter. THE PM has defended has defended his decision to give Australia's highest honour to a man who once asked an Aboriginal businessman: 'Do you still throw spears at each other?' THESE pictures of Sydney woman Kalynda Davis show she has well and truly put her Chinese prison ordeal behind her.