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    Sen. Kamala Harris, who this week was announced as Joe Biden's vice presidential running mate, has received high-profile criticism from the left for her record as a tough prosecutor -- but Harris also stirred controversy during that period for allegedly going easy on criminal defendants in a number of cases, including by refusing to seek the death penalty for a cop killer. Some of Harris' decisions not to seek punishments to the full extent of the law as the San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general illuminate the complexity of her long prosecutorial record -- there's been much debate over whether she was a "progressive prosecutor" -- and could hint at how she would treat high-profile issues as vice president. Perhaps the...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has asked President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of a Navajo man convicted in the 2001 killing of a fellow tribal member and her 9-year-old granddaughter. Nez cited the tribe’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty in a July 31 letter to Trump that asks for the sentence of Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, to be reduced to life in prison. Tribal officials and even the victims’ family opposed his death penalty, despite the grisly nature of the killings. Nez, who was scheduled to appear Tuesday before the U.S. pardon attorney in Washington in support of clemency for Mitchell, wrote that Navajo cultural teachings stress...
    An inherently racist system A new study proves yet again that the death penalty, as applied in the United States, is a demonstrably racist endeavor. The University of Denver study updates a famous 1990 study by David Baldus and colleagues; in that study, it was shown that death sentences were imposed for murders involving a white victim at four times the rate they were doled out to those who killed non-white victims. This new study, by contrast, was able to measure how many of those court-imposed executions were actually carried out. The new results show that the modern death penalty is implemented as a near-uniformly race-based punishment. One of the central premises of the study is that because the vast majority...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Plaudits for supervisors’ stand against sales tax hike I appreciate Supervisor Joe Simitian’s stance and reasoning for his no vote on putting a 5/8 cent increase on the county sales tax before the electorate on the November ballot – plaudits, also, to Supervisor Mike Wasserman (“Supervisors again nix plan for a tax increase,” Aug. 5). While I would not argue that those in favor of the tax are well-intentioned in how this new revenue could be used ( social programs), Supervisor Simitian points out that as a general tax there is no guarantee it will be spent where it is intended, but rather spent where...
    A Chinese court has sentenced a Canadian citizen to death on charges of producing the drug ketamine. A court notice in the city of Guangzhou said Xu Weihong was found guilty after a trial. His alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, was given a life sentence. No details of the case were disclosed. He is the third Canadian to be sentenced to death in China recently. Relations between the countries have been tense since the arrest of a Huawei executive in Vancouver in late 2018. Meng Wanzhou's detention following a request from the United States angered China and soured relations with both Canada and the US. How many countries still have the death penalty? Local media in Guangzhou in southern China reported that...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. S.J. needs to address building permits issue Re: “Lack of S.J. building permits a ‘danger to our existence’ ” (Mercury News, A1, July 24) I can appreciate the difficulties that sheltering in place has imposed on our city offices, but a new and efficient way of processing building permits in a timely manner should have been figured out months ago. As your article points out, many homebuilders and contractors are on the brink of closing. My permit request for a kitchen remodel has been languishing in the bowels of San Jose’s planning department for three months. In the meantime, I have selected appliances, cabinets, finishes....
    By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer Anti-death penalty activists asked a judge in a Tuesday lawsuit to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing that the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights. Hours before three July executions, troopers cut off public roads to the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, where all federal executions are carried out by lethal injection. Four more executions are planned for this month and September as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions. The federal lawsuit filed in Indianapolis by ACLU of Indiana lawyers on behalf of the activists says blocked roads have...
    Anti-death penalty activists asked a judge in a Tuesday lawsuit to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing that the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights. Hours before three July executions, troopers cut off public roads to the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, where all federal executions are carried out by lethal injection. Four more executions are planned for this month and September as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions. The federal lawsuit filed in Indianapolis by ACLU of Indiana lawyers on behalf of the activists says blocked roads have forced demonstrators to gather nearly...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the death penalty in the United States. FactsAs of June 11, 2020, capital punishment is legal in 28 US states.According to the Death Penalty Information Center, 22 people were executed in the United States in 2019. The number of death sentences imposed was 34.According to the Criminal Justice Project of the NAACP, there are 2,620 people on death row in the United States as of January 1, 2020. Read MoreSince 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated by the US Supreme Court, states have executed 1,516 people (as of July 2020).Since 1973, there have been 170 death row exonerations (as of July 2020). Twenty-nine of them are from the state of Florida.Federal Government The US government...
    By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — After Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015, the family of the youngest victim urged prosecutors to abandon their bid for the death penalty, warning that years of appeals would only keep him in the spotlight and prolong their unthinkable suffering. Five years later, the prospect of a new trial to decide whether Tsarnaev should be executed after an appeals court tossed the 27-year-old's death sentence has brought anger and anguish to a community in many ways still healing from the April 15, 2013, attack. “What about the innocent lives that were taken that day? Where is their justice? How is this in any way fair for those families...
    BOSTON (AP) — After Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015, the family of the youngest victim urged prosecutors to abandon their bid for the death penalty, warning that years of appeals would only keep him in the spotlight and prolong their unthinkable suffering. Five years later, the prospect of a new trial to decide whether Tsarnaev should be executed after an appeals court tossed the 27-year-old’s death sentence has brought anger and anguish to a community in many ways still healing from the April 15, 2013, attack. “What about the innocent lives that were taken that day? Where is their justice? How is this in any way fair for those families to be forced to...
    President Donald Trump asked this Sunday for the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, responsible for the terrorist attack with explosive devices at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Three people died and 264 were injured. An appeals court decided last Friday revoke the death penalty to which Tsarnaev He was convicted in 2015 and three of his other 30 convictions. The court order maintains life in federal prison. Trump criticized the decision on Twitter with the message: “Death penalty! Killed and seriously injured many. Justice!”. Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The court agreed that this “was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the...
    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the parents and grandmother of a 6-year-old Flagstaff boy who was locked in a closet and died of starvation, the Coconino County Attorney's Office said. The boy's parents, Elizabeth Archibeque and Anthony Martinez, and his grandmother, Ann Martinez, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and child abuse charges in his death. Their attorneys had been preparing to argue against the possibility of capital punishment. The deadline for them to submit information to the prosecution over the weekend became moot because the death penalty was taken off the table, Coconino County Attorney William Ring confirmed. Ring's office had until October to make...
    DONALD Trump has demanded the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - after his life was spared by the appeals court. The President said the federal government must now challenge Friday's shock decision for the sake of those who died in the murderous atrocity on April 15, 2013. 9Donald Trump has demanded the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomberCredit: AFP or licensors A federal courts appeal overturned the death sentence against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev He tweeted: 'Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 'The court agreed that this ‘was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities.’ Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence. So many lives...
    A British woman who killed her husband on a tropical island in Malaysia has escaped the death penalty. Samantha Jones, 54, broke down when she was told her charge of murder had been reduced. Instead she had been found guilty of "culpable homicide without intent" for stagbingh her husband John Jones, 63, to death after a drunken row, report the Daily Mirror. Most read in NewsDIRE WARNINGCOVID crisis in ‘new phase’ due to 'extraordinary' spread in US, Birx saysTARGET PRACTICE'Kaepernick stand-in' mauled by Navy SEAL dogs for 'kneeling during anthem'TIME TICKINGMicrosoft has 45 days to buy TikTok after Trump gives go-aheadCRUCIAL CLUESCCTV may help nab ‘killer who shot dead mom after she said all lives matter'‘A SNOB’Obama's half-brother rips ‘cold...
    President Donald Trump on Sunday questioned a federal court decision to overturn the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the explosive attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon. The president said on his Twitter account that the federal government should seek once again that Tsarnaev receive the maximum punishment for the attack in which three people died and more than 260 were injured. “Rarely has anyone received the death penalty more than Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The court agreed that this” was one of the worst terrorist attacks in the country since the September 11 atrocities, “Trump wrote. He added: “Our country cannot allow the appeal decision to be upheld. Furthermore, it is ridiculous that this process takes so long!” A...
    President Donald Trump on Sunday questioned a federal court decision to overturn the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the explosive attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon. The president said on his Twitter account that the federal government should seek once again that Tsarnaev receive the maximum punishment for the attack in which three people died and more than 260 were injured. “Rarely has anyone received the death penalty more than Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The court agreed that this” was one of the worst terrorist attacks in the country since the September 11 atrocities, “Trump wrote. He added: “Our country cannot allow the appeal decision to be upheld. Furthermore, it is ridiculous that this process takes so long!” A...
    President Donald Trump on Sunday questioned a federal court decision to overturn the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the explosive attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon. The president said on his Twitter account that the federal government should seek once again that Tsarnaev receive the maximum punishment for the attack in which three people died and more than 260 were injured. “Rarely has anyone received the death penalty more than Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The court agreed that this” was one of the worst terrorist attacks in the country since the September 11 atrocities, “Trump wrote. He added: “Our country cannot allow the appeal decision to be upheld. Furthermore, it is ridiculous that this process takes so long!” A...
    A BRITISH woman who could be HANGED after she was accused of murdering her husband has told lawyers: "I loved that man." Samantha Jones, 54, will go on trial in Malaysia today after she was charged with the murder of husband John, 63, who was fatally stabbed. 7Samantha Jones is due to go on trial charged with the murder of her husband in MalaysiaCredit: EPA 7John, 63, was fatally stabbed in 2018Credit: Facebook 7His wife denies murder, but faces hanging if she's convicted If she's convicted of 'murder with intent' following the trial, she will be hanged. But Jones is now fighting to have the charge against her reduced to manslaughter. If convicted of the lesser charge, she would face...
    President Donald Trump on Sunday demanded the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — whose execution was taken off the table by an appellate court last week. “Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon. “The court agreed that this ‘was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities.’ Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence. So many lives lost….” “and ruined. The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial,” he added. “Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand. Also, it is ridiculous that this process is taking so long!”...
    Days after an appeals court vacated the death sentence for the so-called Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, President Donald Trump tweeted a call for the 27-year-old to face the death penalty for his part in the 2013 tragedy. “Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The court agreed that this ‘was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities’ Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence. So many lives lost and ruined,” he tweeted. “The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial. Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand. Also, it is ridiculous that this process...
    President Donald Trump said Sunday that the federal government should again seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In a tweet, Trump said the federal government must challenge a Friday appeals court decision overturning the death penalty for the 2013 attack. "Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," tweeted Trump. "The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial." A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld much of Tsarnaevs conviction Friday but ordered a new trial over what sentence Tsarnaev should receive for the death penalty-eligible crimes he was convicted of. The federal governemnt is...
    President Trump announced Sunday that the U.S. government "must" again pursue the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, after a federal appeals court Friday threw out the death sentence because the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether 27-year-old Tsarnaev should be executed for the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. "Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday. "The court agreed that this 'was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities.' Yet the...
    President Donald Trump on Sunday demanded the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — whose execution was taken off the table by an appellate court last week. “Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon. “The court agreed that this ‘was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities.’ Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence. So many lives lost….” “and ruined. The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial,” he added. “Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand. Also, it is ridiculous that this process is taking so long!” Tsarnaev,...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nomination to be held in private: report Graham defends Trump on TikTok, backs Microsoft purchase Federal appeals court rejects Stormy Daniels libel case against Trump MORE on Sunday called for the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber, just days after an appeals court overturned the death sentence. “Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” Trump tweeted. “The court agreed that this ‘was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities’. Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence.”  “So many lives lost....and ruined. The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial. Our Country...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said Sunday that the federal government should again seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In a tweet, Trump said the federal government must challenge a Friday appeals court decision overturning the death penalty for the 2013 attack. (Reporting by Pete Schroeder; editing by Diane Craft) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    YORK, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney is citing the coronavirus in asking a Pennsylvania judge to bar prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in the case of a man charged in a shooting death inside a movie theater last year. Attorney Jon White argued in a hearing last week that the COVID-19 pandemic has handcuffed his ability to prepare an effective death penalty defense for Anu-Malik Johnson, the York Daily Record reported. Johnson, 21, is charged with first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangering and related offenses in the Dec. 2 shooting of 22-year-old Andre White Jr. at Regal Cinemas 13 in West Manchester Township. White acknowledges that he has been able to have other contact with his...
    BOSTON (CBS) – President Donald Trump weighed in again on a federal appeals court’s decision to overturn the death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Early Sunday morning, Trump tweeted a news article about the decision, which was announced Friday, called for Tsarnaev to receive the death penalty. Death penalty! He killed and badly wounded many. Justice! https://t.co/WM9Vw26a21 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2020 Friday a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether Tsarnaev should be executed. Shortly after the ruling was announced, Trump called the decision “ridiculous.”
    President Donald Trump on Sunday demanded the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after a federal appeals court ruled to overturn his death sentence. “Death penalty! He killed and badly wounded many,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Justice!” Death penalty! He killed and badly wounded many. Justice! https://t.co/WM9Vw26a21 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2020 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ordered a new penalty phase to Tsarnaev’s trial, arguing the first group of jurors were biased by the high publicity of the event. Tsarnaev was sentenced in May 2015 to six death sentences after he and his older brother Tamerlan killed three and injured more than 260 people with a bomb at the...
    WATERTOWN (CBS) – Watertown police, who were involved in a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers, said they are “disheartened” by the court’s decision to overturn the death penalty sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. “The members of the WPD are disheartened by the decision of the United States Federal Appeals Court to overturn the death penalty sentence of the Boston Marathon bomber. His unconscionable acts of terrorism during the 2013 Boston Marathon and subsequent days, has forever altered the lives of so many,” the department said on Twitter. The members of the WPD are disheartened by the decision of the United States Federal Appeals Court to overturn the death penalty sentence of the Boston Marathon bomber. His unconscionable acts of terrorism...
    "Boston Strong" remains a "vibrant" rallying cry more than seven years after the marathon bombing killed three people and injured more than 260 others, a federal appeals court noted as it threw out the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But even as the ruling opened old wounds, it raised familiar questions about whether Tsarnaev could receive a fair hearing in the city where the bombs exploded — a community that may now be asked to relive unspeakable trauma. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Friday that jurors were not adequately screened for bias ahead of Tsarnaev's 2015 trial, describing media attention in the case as "unrivaled in American legal history." The three-judge panel ordered a new penalty phase...
    BOSTON (CBS) — On Friday, to the federal court ruled to throw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Some survivors shared their reactions on Instagram. Adrianne Haslet was a professional dancer when she lost part of her left leg in the bombings. She ran the Boston Marathon in 2016. “I’m so livid at today’s ruling by the federal court. First and foremost, I cannot emphasize enough, without a shadow of a doubt, that the criminal justice system needs a complete overhaul to stop racial profiling, and the death penalty is used in far too many cases of injustice. AND. The death penalty should be used in this particular case. This terrorist admitted in court he...
    A couple of weeks back, when the Justice Department endeavored to restart executions of inmates sentenced to death by juries for unspeakable murders only to have federal judges (appointed by President Obama, in the main) throw up roadblocks, I repeated an observation I’ve made several times over the years. “Because much of the bench is hostile to the death penalty, judges are wont to fashion reasons not to impose it, some of which have nothing ostensibly to do with the death penalty and make prosecution of other types of criminals more difficult,” I wrote. We saw this again Friday. A federal appeals court in Boston threw out the death sentence of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who brutally killed three people and injured...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The family of 8-year-old Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard declined comment after a federal appeals court vacated the death sentence given to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Instead, the Richard family referred to a previous essay they wrote in the Boston Globe, asking that Tsarnaev not be given the death penalty. Mayor Marty Walsh: Focus Is On Families After Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Death Sentence Overturned In 2015, the Richard family wrote the essay for the Boston Globe. The newspaper republished the family’s remarks on Friday after the decision was announced. But now that the tireless and committed prosecution team has ensured that justice will be served, we urge the Department of Justice to bring the case to a close. We...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev issued a statement Friday night, calling the decision to vacate the 27-year-old’s death sentence “straightforward and fair.” A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether Tsarnaev should be executed. Federal Defenders of New York issued a statement following the decision. We are grateful for the Court’s straightforward and fair decision. If the government wishes to put someone to death, it must make its case to a fairly selected jury that is provided all relevant information. The Court rightly acknowledges, as do we, the extraordinary harm done to the victims of the bombing. It is now up to the...
    America is willing to drop the threat of the death penalty in order to put the British ‘ISIS Beatles’ on trial, it was reported last night. El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are accused of belonging to a four-man execution cell in Syria named after the band by their captives.  Elsheikh and Kotey have also admitted their involvement in holding American aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was sexually abused and killed after she was held hostage for three years.  Both are currently in US custody in Iraq. Moves to take them to the States for trial have been stalled for months. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are accused of belonging to a four-man execution cell in Syria named after the...
    A federal appeals court in Massachusetts on Friday overturned the death penalty of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The three-judge panel noted that Tsarnaev will be "confined to prison for the rest of his life, the only question remaining being whether the government will end his life by executing him." The decision vacates his death sentence and he will now have a new penalty-phase trial on whether he will executed.  Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015 of murdering three people and wounding hundreds more in the attack, which led to dayslong manhunt that shut down Boston. Tsarnaev's lawyers say his brother, Tamerlan, was  was the mastermind. He was killed in a gun battle as...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) – President Donald Trump weighed in on the ruling that overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence on Friday, calling the decision “ridiculous.” A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Friday that while Tsarnaev’s life sentence remains in tact, the death penalty phase must be retried. During an address to supporters on the tarmac of Tampa International Airport, Trump spoke about the decision. “I see in Boston, where you have the animal that killed so many people during the Boston Marathon,” Trump said. “They just sent this conviction for the death penalty back to the lower courts so they’ll argue about that for a long time. It’s ridiculous.” (© Copyright...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Former Transit Police office Dic Donohue, who was injured during the manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reacted Friday to news that a federal appeals court overturned Tsarnaev’s death penalty punishment. The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued the decision more than six months after arguments were heard in the case. The April 15, 2013, attack killed three people and injured more than 260 others. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was killed in the aftermath of the bombing. Boston Police officer Dennis Simmonds suffered a head injury during a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers and died almost a year later. Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell, Sean Collier and...
    (CNN)A federal appeals court ruled on Friday to vacate the death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Convictions on three of the 18 counts Tsarnaev was convicted on have been overturned, and the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled to vacate his death sentence on five counts. The court also ruled on Friday that Tsarnaev should be given a new penalty phase trial. Tsarnaev is being held in federal prison in Colorado. He was convicted in 2015, including for the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier.
    The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has overturned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence, Reuters reported Friday. Tsarnaev was sentenced to death in 2015 for his part in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which took the lives of at least three people and seriously injured hundreds more. A new trial is set to take place to determine a new sentence for Tsarnaev. Reuters reported: A federal appeals court on Friday overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death penalty sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld much of Tsarnaev's conviction...
    BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death penalty sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld much of Tsarnaev's conviction but ordered a lower-court judge to hold a new trial strictly over what penalty Tsarnaev should receive for the death-penalty-eligible crimes he was convicted of. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor.   GOP’s plan to cut benefits will increase suffering Re: “GOP’s heartless pandemic plan to cut unemployment benefits” (Editorial, Opinion section, July 28) The lack of relief in the form of aid from the federal government throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been concerning. It has now been about four months since Congress passed the CARES Act. The $1,200 stimulus checks that were provided in the legislation have been used up for a while now and struggling families are due for more financial assistance in order to survive. As The Mercury News highlighted, the GOP’s plan to slash weekly unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 will...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. SJSU need not look far for principles As a proud, recently retired, 30-plus-year faculty member in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University, I was heartened to read that the California State University system is adding an undergraduate course requirement of “a course in ethnic studies or a class with a social justice component.” (“CSU board OKs new course requirements,” July 26 ) As SJSU engages in this course development process they need look no further than the vision, mission and course content in their highly respected bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in social work. The vision as stated on their website...
    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah prosecutors will pursue the death penalty against a California man accused of shooting and killing a motorist last year. Jonathan Llana, 46, is accused of fatally shooting Dennis Gwyther and injuring his passenger in May 2019 as the two were driving in northern Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday. Llana was arrested in Idaho after a two-day manhunt. He was charged with a count of aggravated murder, one charge of attempted aggravated murder and six counts of felony discharge of a firearm. Llana’s case was delayed after he was declared not competent to stand trial in October 2019. But in March, he was found to be competent after receiving treatment at the Utah State...
              The Ohio Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentences of convicted serial killer Michael Madison last week. Madison, who was convicted of murdering three women after confessing to killing one, claimed that he did not recall killing the two others. The 2013 conviction was not without controversy however, as the defense took issue with several aspects of the prosecution including psychiatric reports, jury selection, and even the constitutionality of the death penalty. The Ohio Supreme Court’s decision, written by Judge Pat Dewine, affirmed the convictions of all but two of the twelve charges Madison was convicted of. The Supreme Court also refused to alter the sentences handed down at the time of...
    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors suggested on Monday that they will seek the death penalty against one of two men accused in the shooting deaths of a Florida couple so they could finance a trip to Venezuela to fight the socialist government. Attorneys for both sides held a video hearing for defendant Alex Zwiefelhofer, who along with fellow Army veteran Craig Lang is accused of arranging the deadly robbery of Serafin and Deana Lorenzo in April 2018 to finance the Venezuela trip. U.S. Attorney Josephine W. Thomas suggested a discussion with defense attorneys to determine how they would proceed with the case in regard to the strongest mitigating factors to help determine how they intend to proceed. Thomas...
    THE family of one of the three best friends slaughtered at a fishing spot have said the death penalty for the murderers is their “number one priority”. Childhood friends Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27, were killed while they were out fishing Frostproof, Florida, last Friday evening.  10Brandon Rollins' family appeared outside the jailCredit: ABC Action News 10Brandon Rollins was one of three friends killed while they were out fishingCredit: Facebook 10Damion Tillman was also brutally gunned downCredit: Facebook 10Keven Springfield was also slaughtered at the Florida lakeCredit: Facebook Tony 'TJ' Wiggins, 26, his girlfriend Mary Whittemore, 27, and his brother Robert Wiggins, 21, were arrested and charged over the deaths. Investigators said TJ tailed Tillman...
    COLORADO – One of the two young men accused of the shooting in a school in the suburbs of Denver in which a student was killed and eight others were wounded, he was sentenced to life in prison on Friday with the possibility of parole during a hearing in which victims talked about how their lives have changed. Alec McKinney, 17, was sentenced to life in prison and another 38 years in prison with the possibility of release on bail after serving 40 years in prison. “I never expected to be forgiven,” McKinney said in a 15-minute speech at the audience in which he cried and in which the parents of Kendrick Castillo, who died while trying to...
    COLORADO – One of the two young men accused of the shooting in a school in the suburbs of Denver in which a student was killed and eight others were wounded, he was sentenced to life in prison on Friday with the possibility of parole during a hearing in which victims talked about how their lives have changed. Alec McKinney, 17, was sentenced to life in prison and another 38 years in prison with the possibility of release on bail after serving 40 years in prison. “I never expected to be forgiven,” McKinney said in a 15-minute speech at the audience in which he cried and in which the parents of Kendrick Castillo, who died while trying to...
    COLORADO – One of the two young men accused of the shooting in a school in the suburbs of Denver in which a student was killed and eight others were wounded, he was sentenced to life in prison on Friday with the possibility of parole during a hearing in which victims talked about how their lives have changed. Alec McKinney, 17, was sentenced to life in prison and another 38 years in prison with the possibility of release on bail after serving 40 years in prison. “I never expected to be forgiven,” McKinney said in a 15-minute speech at the audience in which he cried and in which the parents of Kendrick Castillo, who died while trying to...
    The heartbroken family of one of the three best friends massacred at a nighttime fishing spot have revealed they have known the suspected killers most of their lives and said that pushing for the death penalty is their 'number one priority'.  Childhood best friends Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27, were all shot and killed while out fishing in the small community of Frostproof, Florida, last Friday evening.  Tony 'TJ' Wiggins, 26, his girlfriend Mary Whittemore, 27, and his brother Robert Wiggins, 21, were arrested and charged over the deaths after investigators said TJ tailed Tillman to the remote lake, murdered the group and then headed to McDonald's for a feast of 10 cheeseburgers and two...
    Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s surprising announcement Wednesday that his office will no longer seek the death penalty is welcome news. So are his reforms designed to achieve greater fairness and racial justice following the police killing of George Floyd. Rosen says that he has become disillusioned with the death penalty. That’s understandable. We have argued for two decades that capital punishment is barbaric, costly, unfairly applied and does not prevent crime any more effectively than the prospect of life in prison. His decision reflects California’s slowly changing attitude toward capital punishment. We hope it inspires other district attorneys and prompts a statewide initiative to repeal California’s death penalty. Gavin Newsom should lead that effort. The governor made...
    The suspected killer charged in the death of three fishing buddies in Florida deserves nothing short of the death penalty, the mother of one of the victims said Thursday. Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, faces three counts of murder in the July 17 fatal shooting of Brandon Rollins, 27, and his friends Keven Springfield, 30, and 23-year-old Damion Tillman. “The death penalty is definitely our number one priority,” said Rollins mother, Dottie Payton, WFTS-TV reported. Authorities believe Wiggins killed the group of friends, who planned to go night fishing in Lake Streety near Frostproof, 75 miles east of Tampa, The Ledger reported. Before heading to the lake, Tillman stopped at a Dollar General store in Frostproof, where Wiggins and his brother William, 21, were seen standing behind him in line. The pair overheard...
    A Florida sheriff is praying that the state attorney seeks the death penalty for a 26-year-old man with an unbelievable 230 charges on record who was arrested Wednesday for the alleged triple homicide of three friends out on a fishing trip. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced in a news conference Wednesday that Tony "TJ" Wiggins had been arrested and charged with allegedly murdering Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27, in a gruesome "massacre" that reportedly stemmed from an argument over a truck. Two others, Wiggins' girlfriend, Mary Whittemore, 27, and his brother, Robert Wiggins, 21, were also charged as accessories in the alleged slaying.'We pray' for 'the death penalty'During the news conference, Judd displayed...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The top prosecutor for a San Francisco Bay Area county announced Wednesday he will no longer seek the death penalty and will move to end cash bail and stop pursuing less serious crimes as part of a reform plan prompted by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Jeff Rosen, district attorney of Santa Clara County, said he previously believed in the value of the death penalty but could no longer trust society to ensure a fair legal process for all people. “With every exoneration, with every story of of racial injustice, it becomes clearer to me that this is not the world we live in," he said about fairness. California Gov. Gavin Newsom...
    SAN JOSE — Dropping the pursuit of the death penalty, easing up on dog-piling charges on defendants, putting a more watchful eye on police misconduct, and further backing away from prosecution of minor crimes highlight an array of reforms that Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen says he is instituting in the wake of national dissatisfaction with the criminal justice status quo galvanized by the police killing of George Floyd. Rosen announced his reform agenda Wednesday, headlined by his decision to no longer pursue the death penalty. That marks a dramatic shift, since just last year he restated his support for capital punishment, in the face of a moratorium on the death penalty issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom. “Over...
    For several years, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) has periodically published and updated its State Homophobia report, which provides data on the laws that affect people based on their sexual orientation. Its last update corresponds to December 2019, and offers a very uneven picture. While In many countries of the world, there are more and more legal instruments to protect this group from violence and discrimination, and even these rights are included in their constitutions.In others, people continue to be criminalized for their sexual orientation. “As of December 2019, 70 states continue to criminalize consensual sexual activity between people of the same sex, ”Says Lucas Ramón Mendos, Senior Research Officer at ILGA World and author...
    SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen is abandoning his pursuit of the death penalty in all cases his office prosecutes from now on, multiple sources have confirmed to this news organization. The drastic shift in policy is sure to headline an upcoming Wednesday news conference in which Rosen is expected to announce an array of charging reforms that come amid a national criminal-justice reform movement galvanized by the police killing of George Floyd. Just last year, Rosen told this news organization, “I respect the point of view that some people have that the death penalty is wrong, and it doesn’t matter what the person did. I respectfully disagree with that, and think there are a very...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer’s office Monday released the results of an internal investigation that found the two prosecutors assigned to the Scott Dekraai murder case “committed malpractice due to intentional negligence” in the use of a confidential informant. FILE: As a result of the jailhouse informant scandal, a judge removed the death penalty as a possible sentence in Scott Dekraai’s case. (CBSLA) The report stated that the prosecutors were so fearful that Dekraai would try a defense of insanity and avoid the death penalty they improperly used a confidential informant to gain incriminating comments from the defendant while the two were jailed together. Sources said Dekraai bragged about the killings to the confidential informant,...
    Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case of alleged MS-13 gang leader and murderer Alexi Saenz. If these crimes don’t merit the ultimate sanction, nothing does. Prosecutors say Saenz led the Long Island chapter of MS-13 out of Brentwood — and ordered, among other murders, the 2016 killings of high-school students Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, after Cuevas argued with gang members. The murders were senseless, gruesome and truly evil. Gang members beat the girls with baseball bats then slashed them with machetes — all allegedly with Saenz’s approval. We’re no fans of the death penalty, but some cases call out for it. Anyone who would order or carry out so brutal a murder has...
    Sudan has lifted the death penalty and flogging as punishment for gay sex after almost four decades of hardline Islamist rule.  Despite 'offenders' still facing life imprisonment for their 'crime,' with sentences starting at five years, many in conservative Sudan were outraged by the reforms and took to the streets in protest. The transitional government announced a raft of reforms over the weekend, including scrapping punishments for apostasy, allowing consumption of alcohol, banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and lifting restrictions on female dress.  The new government has pledged to lead the country to democracy after last year's toppling of Islamist autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who had reigned since 1989.  Protesters march with banners in support of maintaining Islamic Sharia as...
    Abraham Bonowitz of Columbus, Ohio, joins fellow members of the Abolitionist Action Committee during an annual protest and hunger strike against the death penalty outside the U.S. Supreme Court July 01, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The federal government is now executing convicted murders after a 17-year hiatus. Since 1950, there have been 26 federal executions. In the last week there were three. Dustin Lee Honken, Daniel Lee, and Wesley Purkey, all of whom were federal prisoners in Terre Haute, Indiana, were executed by legal injection of a sedative and sleep-inducing drug derived from barbituric acid. While state executions are much more common and have been ongoing for years, federal executions have not taken place...
    The Justice Department has charged one MS-13 gang member with terrorism, and another is facing the death penalty as a result of a joint task force initiative cracking down on the violent criminal organization. “In 2017, the President directed the Department of Justice to go to war against MS-13, and we did just that,” Attorney General William Barr said in a press release Wednesday, summarizing the work of Joint Task Force Vulcan. “In coordination with our partners at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department’s law enforcement components have successfully investigated, charged, and arrested command-and-control elements of MS-13 responsible for murder. Joint Task Force Vulcan’s operations have significantly degraded MS-13 capabilities. While there is still work to be...
    Taiwan has released new procedures for carrying out capital punishment - including preventing the condemned from seeing their executioner - but rights activists said today the move merely whitewashes a barbaric practice. The island has carried out 35 executions since a moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in 2010 - with the last being in April of a 53-year-old man convicted of killing his parents. In Taiwan, the death penalty is carried out by gunshot. Media reports say the condemned are first given a powerful sedative before being laid face-down and shot in the heart through the back. Taiwan will allow those condemned today the 'humane' benefit of being hooded so they don't have to see their executioner, human rights...
    The Supreme Court, in another late-night 5-4 decision on Thursday, allowed the execution by lethal injection of a mentally ill federal death row inmate who kidnapped and brutally murdered 16-year-old Jennifer Long in 1998. The Court, in vacating an injunction that was issued by a district court on Wednesday, paved the way for the second federal execution in the last three days. There had not been one in 17 years. Daniel Lewis Lee was executed on Tuesday not long after the getting overnight go-ahead from the conservative majority on the High Court. The same scenario played out early Thursday in the case of Wesley Purkey, 68. Purkey’s last words: I deeply regret the pain and suffering I caused to Jennifer’s...
    The Trump administration’s Justice Department said Wednesday that it will seek the death penalty for an alleged leader of a New York MS-13 gang leader accused of seven murders, including two teenage girls on Long Island in 2016. The announcement comes a day after the federal government carried out its first execution since 2003 and comes in a case where Alexi Saenz is charged with killing 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas with baseball bats and a machete a week after they had an altercation with MS-13 members. “The DOJ has also announced that it will seek the death penalty for a blood-thirsty MS-13 leader responsible for the despicable killing of seven Americans, including two teenage girls,” President Donald...
    President Trump revealed Wednesday that Attorney General Bill Barr was seeking the federal death penalty for MS-13 gang member Alexi Saenz, who faces multiple murder changes including for the 2016 killings of two New York teenage girls.   'The DOJ has also announced that it will seek the death penalty for a blood-thirsty MS-13 leader responsible for the despicable killing of seven Americans, including two teenage girls,' Trump said in the Oval Office, surrounded by Barr and other law enforcement officials. 'We think the monsters who murder children should be put to death.'  Saenz was originally brought into custody in March 2017 and charged with murder for the September 13, 2016 killings of Brentwood, New York high school students Nisa Mickens...
    CENTRAL ISLIP, Long Island (WABC) -- The federal government will seek the death penalty against the alleged MS-13 street gang leader in the 2016 killings of Brentwood High School teens Kayle Cuevas and Nisa Mickens who were "butchered with machetes," Attorney General Williams Barr said.Mickens died the day before her sixteenth birthday. Prosecutors say she and her friend Cuevas were hunted down and murdered with baseball bats and machetes over a petty dispute between Cuevas and the alleged gang members in September 2016.Alexi Saenz, 25, of Central Islip and known by the nickname "Blasty," is charged with the murders and 5 others on Long Island. If convicted at trial and put to death, it would mark the first federal execution...
    CENTRAL ISLIP, Long Island (WABC) -- The federal government will seek the death penalty against the MS-13 street gang leader in the 2016 killings of Brentwood High School teens Kayle Cuevas and Nisa Mickens who were "butchered with machetes," Attorney General Williams Barr said.Mickens died the day before her sixteenth birthday. Prosecutors say she and her friend Cuevas were hunted down and murdered with baseball bats and machetes over a petty dispute between Cuevas and the alleged gang members in September 2016.Alexi Saenz, 25, of Central Islip and known by the nickname "Blasty," is charged with the murders and 5 others on Long Island. If convicted at trial and put to death, it would mark the first federal execution involving...
    CENTRAL ISLIP, Long Island (WABC) -- The federal government will seek the death penalty against the MS-13 street gang leader in the 2016 killings of Brentwood High School teens Kayle Cuevas and Nisa Mickens who were "butchered with machetes," Attorney General Williams Barr said.Mickens died the day before her sixteenth birthday. Prosecutors say she and her friend Cuevas were hunted down and murdered with baseball bats and machetes over a petty dispute between Cuevas and the alleged gang members in September 2016.Alexi Saenz, 25, of Central Islip and known by the nickname "Blasty," is charged with the murders and 5 others on Long Island. If convicted at trial and put to death, it would mark the first federal execution involving...
    President Trump on Wednesday said MS-13 gang leaders were nabbed across the country in the Justice Department’s recent Operation Vulcan crackdown — with seven arrests in New York. Attorney General William Barr told reporters in the Oval Office that the Justice Department also will seek the death penalty for MS-13 leader Alexi Saenz, who is charged with multiple Long Island murders, including the infamous saying of best friends Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas in Brentwood in 2016. “We will not allow these animals to terrorize our communities and my administration will not rest until every member of MS-13 is brought to justice,” Trump said. Operation Vulcan also netted 15 MS-13 suspects in Las Vegas, and the Justice Department filed terrorism...
    THE Attorney General Bill Barr revealed the Department of Justice will seek death penalty against an MS-13 leader. This gang was involved with the killing of Brentwood Teens Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, according to reports which first emerged on Twitter. On Wednesday, President Trump confirmed the Feds indicted these alleged terrorists. "That's a first," he declared, reported a CBS reporter. Trump described MS-13 as a "vile and evil gang of people." Pres Trump announces that Federal Govt has indicted some MS-13 leaders on terrorism charges. "Thats a first," he says, asserting it gives prosecutors extra strength against the gangs. Calls MS-13 a "vile and evil gang of people." pic.twitter.com/d2Mf8AJkUt— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 15, 2020 More to follow... For...
    Iranians have demanded an end to executions after three anti-government protesters Amirhosein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohamad Rajabi were sentenced to death – Iran Human rights Monitor Iranians have flooded social media to demand authorities halt executions in an unprecedented online outcry against capital punishment following recent death sentences. After a judicial spokesman on Tuesday confirmed three young men were on death row after being convicted of violent offences related to protesting, Iranians rallied around the Farsi-language hashtag “don’t execute” to demand clemency. Among the thousands to support the hashtag were scores of anonymous users but also celebrities and prominent figures, including outspoken former member of parliament Parvaneh Salahshouri.   “Let’s not forget that those three men have mothers as...
    (CNN)As Americans tried to sleep Monday night — through a global pandemic, an imploding economy, and the challenge presented by structural racism and police violence in the Black community — their federal government was hard at work. The Department of Justice kept federal judges in courts, slashing through the remaining obstacles to resuming federal executions after a nearly 20-year hiatus. David Cole, national legal director of the ACLU At approximately 2 a.m., the government succeeded. It persuaded the Supreme Court to set aside stays of the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee and, dispensing with the legal requirement of a warrant, executed him. The final vote from the Supreme Court was 5-4, as the five who prevailed voted for a...
    The Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision to allow the Trump administration to carry out the first federal execution since 2003 exposed splintered support for the president from religious conservatives on the issue. The execution, performed hours after a 5-4 Supreme Court decision gave the Justice Department the green light, was performed on Daniel Lewis Lee, who was sentenced to death in 1999 for robbing a family at gunpoint and then drowning them in an Illinois bayou. Before the procedure took place on Tuesday morning, Lee insisted that he was innocent. Lee was the first of several prisoners scheduled for execution after Attorney General William Barr last year announced that the federal government would resume the practice, rolling back an Obama-era freeze....
    The U.S. Supreme Court justices who dissented against the decision to allow federal executions to resume after more than 15 years have criticized the late-night move as rushed and hasty, Newsweek reports. The Court issued an unsigned opinion in the early morning on Tuesday that said to lift a preliminary injunction set by a district court, and allow federal executions, which have not taken place since 2003. Although the district court barred executions as being against the Eighth Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment, the Supreme Court opinion claimed that "the plaintiffs have not established that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their Eighth Amendment claim.” Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor...
    In this Oct. 31 1997, file photo, Daniel Lewis Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. (Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File) TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government on Tuesday carried out its first execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee came over the objection of the victims’ relatives and following days of legal wrangling and delays. Lee, 47, of Yukon, Oklahoma, professed his innocence just before he was executed at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. “I didn’t...
    The U.S. executed its first prisoner in 17 years Tuesday morning. Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death over two decades after being convicted of slaughtering an Arkansas family, including an eight year old girl. Lee was originally scheduled to be executed Monday afternoon before his death was stayed by a district court. The Supreme Court overruled the lower court early Tuesday morning in a decision that split 5-4 along ideological lines and greenlighted the return of the federal death penalty. (RELATED: Supreme Court Overturns Convictions In New Jersey ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal) “The plaintiffs in this case are all federal prisoners who have been sentenced to death for murdering children,” the court wrote in an unsigned opinion. “The plaintiffs committed their...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court cleared the way for the resumption of the federal death penalty, in an unsigned order released after 2 a.m. ET Tuesday. The court wiped away a lower court order temporarily blocking the execution of convicted killer Daniel Lewis Lee in a 5-4 vote.Lee was scheduled to be executed Monday in what would have been the first federal execution in 17 years. On Monday, a federal judge blocked the planned execution of Lee, and three others, citing ongoing challenges to the federal government's lethal injection protocol.The court said that the death row inmates, including Lee, bringing the case "have not established that they are likely to succeed" in their challenge in part because the one drug protocol proposed...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Two men and two teenage boys have been charged with the murder of rapper Pop Smoke, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Monday. Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were each charged with murder with a special circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during the commission of a robbery and a burglary. The enhancement makes Walker and Rodgers eligible for the death penalty. They also face gang and gun allegations, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Two minors, ages 17 and 15, were also charged with a count of murder and robbery in juvenile court. They have not been identified. Police had arrested a fifth suspect, but it’s not clear the status of...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with shooting scores of people in a racist attack at a Texas Walmart say their client has diagnosed mental disabilities that should be a “red flag” for federal prosecutors considering whether to seek the death penalty. Patrick Crusius “has been diagnosed with severe, lifelong neurological and mental disabilities” and was treated with antipsychotic medication following his arrest moments after the massacre in El Paso, his attorneys wrote in a court filing. The shooting left dozens wounded and ultimately killed 23 people. Soon after it, Crusius' lawyers say, jail mental health staff found the 21-year-old to be in a “psychotic state.” Crusius' mental health conditions, which have not...
    DALLAS (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with shooting scores of people in a racist attack at a Texas Walmart say their client has diagnosed mental disabilities that should be a “red flag” for federal prosecutors considering whether to seek the death penalty. Patrick Crusius “has been diagnosed with severe, lifelong neurological and mental disabilities” and was treated with antipsychotic medication following his arrest moments after the massacre in El Paso, his attorneys wrote in a court filing. The shooting left dozens wounded and ultimately killed 23 people. Soon after it, Crusius’ lawyers say, jail mental health staff found the 21-year-old to be in a “psychotic state.” Crusius’ mental health conditions, which have not been previously reported, were...
    Twitter Daniel Lewis Lee Daniel Lewis Lee is be put to death on July 13 for his role in the murders of three people in Arkansas including an 8-year-old girl in 1996. He was convicted and sentenced to death on May 14, 1999. It’s only the fourth time a  federal inmate will be put to death since 1988, and the first person to be euthanized by the federal government in seventeen years, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Lee, who is now 47, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 4pm at the Maximum security Terre Haute Federal Prison in Indiana. Here is what you need to know:1. Lee Was Involved With a White Supremacist Group...
    A NUMBER of countries around the world still have the power to impose the death penalty as a punishment for people found guilty of the most serious crimes. Here is an in-depth look at where legal executions still take place... 2 A table used to administer lethal injectionsCredit: Getty Images Which countries have the death sentence? As of late 2018, a total of 52 countries still have the death sentence, employing a variety of methods including hanging, shooting, lethal injection, electrocution and beheading. Because of the ongoing conflicts, Amnesty was unable to confirm whether executions were carried out in Syria, Libya and Yemen. The Middle East and North Africa region accounted for the vast majority of all recorded executions, thanks largely to...
    THE US remains one of the very few western democracies that executes some criminals, with more than 2,620 inmates waiting on death row. On average, each convict will spend 15 years waiting to be executed — with almost a quarter dying of natural causes before they are given the lethal injection. Here's the details... 1 1519 men and women have been executed in the US since the 1970s. How many US states have the death penalty? As many as 31 US states have the death penalty in the United States. It is believed Britain influenced America's use of the death penalty more than any other country, with the first recorded execution of Captain George Kendall in the Jamestown colony of Virginia...
    The first federal execution in the United States for more than 17 years is set to go ahead in Indiana on Monday following a ruling by an appeal court. The execution of convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee had been blocked on Friday by a federal judge. This came after relatives of the victims sought a delay, saying they feared attending in person could expose them to coronavirus. But the government appealed and the injunction was overturned. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeal said no federal statute or regulation gave the victims the right to attend the execution. The relatives are going to appeal to the Supreme Court. How US death penalty capital changed its mind US...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Executions carried out by federal authorities have stopped, restarted and stopped again for long stretches since the first one in 1790, when U.S. marshals hanged a mariner in Maine for fatally shooting the captain of a slave ship. After a 17-year hiatus, the Trump administration wants to restart federal executions this month in Terre Haute, Indiana. The first was supposed to happen Monday, but it was delayed by an Indiana federal judge’s ruling. The Justice Department appealed that decision. Some questions and answers about the history of the death penalty: Q: HOW MANY FEDERAL EXECUTIONS HAVE THERE BEEN? A: . The federal government has never been a prolific executioner. It has carried out no more than a...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Executions carried out by federal authorities have stopped, restarted and stopped again for long stretches since the first one in 1790, when U.S. marshals hanged a mariner in Maine for fatally shooting the captain of a slave ship. After a 17-year hiatus, the Trump administration wants to restart federal executions this month in Terre Haute, Indiana. The first was supposed to happen Monday, but it was delayed by an Indiana federal judge’s ruling. The Justice Department appealed that decision. Some questions and answers about the history of the death penalty: Q: HOW MANY FEDERAL EXECUTIONS HAVE THERE BEEN? A: . The federal government has never been a prolific executioner. It has carried out no more...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Executions carried out by federal authorities have stopped, restarted and stopped again for long stretches since the first one in 1790, when U.S. marshals hanged a mariner in Maine for fatally shooting the captain of a slave ship. After a 17-year hiatus, the Trump administration wants to restart federal executions this month in Terre Haute, Indiana. The first was supposed to happen Monday, but it was delayed by an Indiana federal judge’s ruling. The Justice Department appealed that decision. Some questions and answers about the history of the death penalty: Q: HOW MANY FEDERAL EXECUTIONS HAVE THERE BEEN? A: . The federal government has never been a prolific executioner. It has carried out no more than a...