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2 hrs ago | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Death penalty withdrawn in Dixon capital murder case

The Lubbock County District Attorney's office is no longer seeking the death penalty in the capital murder case of Thomas Dixon, according to a spokesperson with the 140th district judge's office. Dixon, 50, is an Amarillo doctor accused in the 2012 murder for hire plot against a romantic rival in Lubbock.

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Related Topix: Lubbock County, TX, Lubbock, TX

5 hrs ago | The Japan Times

Financial program for death-row inmates' artistic endeavors to continue

Organizers of a 10 million private fund that was introduced in 2005 to support death-row inmates have decided to maintain the fund beyond its original 10-year limit and will seek further contributions. The fund has depended on money bequeathed by Sachiko Daidoji, an opponent of capital punishment whose son is on death row, and has been used to help condemned prisoners seek retrials while encouraging them to engage in artistic pursuits, such as painting and writing, in their cells by providing awards for excellent work.

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Related Topix: Arts, Painting

9 hrs ago | KKCO-TV Grand Junction

Media seeks camera coverage of Arias retrial

Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't decide on her sentence. The retrial will determine if she gets the death penalty or life in prison.

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9 hrs ago | Jackson Hole Radio

Wyoming's Bill to End the Death Penalty Gets Shot Down

The bill to abolish the death penalty in Wyoming didn't make it past the Judiciary Committee. Jackson Hole Daily says the five Senate members struck the bill down, but approved a bill to kill prisoners with a firing squad.

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9 hrs ago | NewsOne

[Watch] Convicted Murderer Dares Judge To Give Him the Death Penalty

James Herard, 25, was convicted by a Fort Lauderdale jury in May of murdering two people. The jury recommended a death sentence.

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11 hrs ago | ABA Journal

Lawyer appears in Thomas Jefferson garb to defend law license, unusual capital murder defense

A lawyer wearing a Thomas Jefferson getup appeared before the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday in a quest to retain his law license. Lawyer Ira Dennis Hawver wore a powdered wig, 18th century suit and long white stockings as he argued that the First Amendment protected his unusual defense of a capital murder client, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

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15 hrs ago | ABA Journal

Judge Kopf: I would uphold the death penalty for an innocent man rather than play games with the law

A blogging federal judge has taken on a controversial question: Should federal court judges allow the execution of a factually innocent defendant? Writing at Hercules and the Umpire , U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf says he accepted the risk of condemning an innocent to die when he became a federal judge in 1992. "I will have to live with my knowing choice if such a horror comes to pass," the Nebraska judge writes.

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Related Topix: Blog News, Violent Crime

15 hrs ago | SFGate

Trial to open in 2012 slaying of baby, grandmother

Jury selection is scheduled Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Philadelphia man accused of having killed a baby and her grandmother in a botched kidnapping plot. Twenty-seven-year-old Raghunandan Yandamuri of Upper Merion could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in Montgomery County Court.

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Related Topix: King of Prussia, PA

17 hrs ago | South China Morning Post

Transparency and strong rule of law are key to fighting corruption

President Xi Jinping recently announced that "ruling China by law" will be a key theme of the upcoming Party plenum in October. Photo: AFP Corruption is a drag on economic development as well as a cause of inequity, so it is perhaps not surprising that China's anti-corruption campaign seems to be getting a robust, if not blood-thirsty endorsement on social networks.

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Related Topix: World News, China, Asia, Xi Jinping, Opinion

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Times

Clemency - transparency' may be hot issue at Capitol

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles' silence on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate in a 1991 murder case has stirred strong emotions in North Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly. "I think that we, as a state, owe the family an explanation why that sentence didn't get carried out," said state Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, adding that the lack of a reason is "tragic."

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Related Topix: Nathan Deal, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, US Politics, Lumpkin County, GA, Dahlonega, GA, Dawson County, GA, Terrell County, GA, Dawson, GA

The Washington Post

The case of two wrongly imprisoned men exposes the flaws of the judicial system

THE CASE of two North Carolina men who spent 30 years in prison - one on death row - for a crime they didn't commit calls attention once again to the familiar failings in the U.S. justice system that lead to false convictions. As much as we would like to cheer the release of Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown , we can't help but be sobered by how long they spent behind bars - and how many other innocent people may remain locked up or susceptible to false arrest and imprisonment.

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Related Topix: Prison, Criminal Defense Law, Law, US News, Opinion

Hispanically Speaking

Support for Death Penalty Drops to 50-Year Low in California

Just over half of California's registered voters - 56 percent - favor keeping capital punishment as a legal sentence, the lowest level of support in the past 50 years, according to a survey by Field Research Corp. The death penalty is legal in California, although only 56 percent of registered voters support it, while 34 percent want to abolish capital punishment and 10 percent have no opinion. The survey results are very different from those obtained in the 1980s and 1990s, when support for capital punishment stood at more than 80 percent among registered voters and only 15 percent opposed it.

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New York Daily News

Florida convicted murderer dares judge to give him death penalty

James Herard, 25, was convicted in two 2008 murders committed during a violent string of Dunkin' Donuts robberies. Herard asked the judge to impose the death penalty because 'I know the Supreme Court won't allow me to die for something I didn't commit.'

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New Jersey Herald

Elderly inmates cared for at SCI-Laurel Highlands

Though he doesn't like to dwell on it, Charles is fully aware of the fact that he could die within the sterile walls of the Somerset prison where he is confined. The 67-year-old spent the last four years at SCI-Laurel Highlands because of failing health.

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Related Topix: Prison, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), State Prisons, Washington County, PA

The Hartford Courant

Death Row Inmates' Expert Witness Bills State For $3.5 Million; Is Paid Half

Many legal twists arose in the long-running lawsuit by death row inmates who claimed Connecticut's death penalty is racially biased, but maybe the biggest twist was financial: After the five inmates lost the case, their expert witness billed the state for $3.5 million, for six years of services.

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Times-Standard

Calif. death penalty support falls 12 percent in 3 years

California voter support for the death penalty has dipped to its lowest level in more than four decades - potential fodder for foes of capital punishment to revive efforts to abolish the law at the ballot box, a new Field Poll shows. The poll found 56 percent of registered California voters back the death penalty, a sharp drop from 68 percent in a Field survey three years ago.

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Related Topix: California, California Government, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Prison

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Sun-Star

Malilong: Lopsided treatment

Government agents seized 455 kilograms of shabu worth at least P4 billion in separate raids in Pampanga last Friday. Four Chinese nationals were arrested.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Opinion

Los Angeles Times

Support for death penalty in California at lowest point in 50 years

After a series of botched executions raised questions about the use of capital punishment across the United States, support for the death penalty in California is nearing an all-time low among state voters, according to the findings of a research poll released Friday. Fifty-six percent of California voters are in favor of keeping the death penalty, the lowest percentage since 1965, according to the study conducted by the Field Poll.

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Related Topix: Prison

Hindustan Times

New antihijack bill to include death penalty

The government will present a new anti-hijacking bill in the next Parliament session that proposes stricter punishments, including the death penalty, to deter hijackers, a civil aviation ministry official told HT. Under current laws, the maximum sentence that can be awarded to a hijacker is life imprisonment.

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WTVY Dothan

Jury Recommends Death in Jerry Jerome Smith Case

It took four days, but a jury has recommended the death penalty for Jerry Jerome Smith for a fourth time. Jurors spend a little more than an hour deliberating whether Smith could be held accountable for shooting 3 people to death outside a Dothan home in 1996 and whether he should be sentenced to death or given life without parole.

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Related Topix: Dothan, AL

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