Death penalty controversy

March 12, 2019 - 11:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The 737 inmates on California's largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions. Newsom also is withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty...
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FILE -- In this June 29, 2015 file photo, Egyptian policemen stand guard at the site of a bombing that killed Egypt's top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, who oversaw cases against thousands of Islamists, in Cairo. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 Egypt executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Barakat, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Barakat, the first assassination of a senior official in Egypt in a quarter century. (AP Photo/Eman Helal, File)
February 24, 2019 - 9:32 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has rejected criticism from a U.N. human rights body about a recent spike in executions allegedly involving confessions made under torture, saying Cairo categorically rejects any infringement into the affairs of its judiciary. In a Sunday statement, the foreign affairs ministry...
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February 18, 2019 - 4:40 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Superior Court judge is among those asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to find the death penalty unconstitutional because its rare use means it serves no purpose. In a friend-of-the-court brief , the group also argues that the death penalty is "cruel or unusual"...
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Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks with the media as he arrives to an EU Foreign Ministers meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. US President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their nationals fighting in Syria is receiving mixed reactions, as nations pondered how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
February 18, 2019 - 5:41 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria is receiving a mixed reaction, as nations pondered how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. The question of such foreign fighters has been a conundrum for the...
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Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, formally launches her presidential campaign at a rally in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
January 28, 2019 - 11:45 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says positions she took as California's attorney general that are unpopular with some Democrats reflect her duty as the state's top law enforcement officer. Harris defended her record Monday night during a CNN town hall-style...
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January 11, 2019 - 10:59 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A prosecutor said Friday that he won't seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store. Wesley Bell, who took over as St. Louis County prosecutor this month, told The Associated...
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January 07, 2019 - 10:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering a federal appeals court to re-examine the case of a convicted killer in Ohio whose death sentence was thrown out after he was found to be mentally disabled. The justices said in an unsigned opinion Monday that the federal appeals court in Cincinnati...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, Nevada death row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier, right, confers with Lori Teicher, a federal public defender involved in his case, during an appearance in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. Authorities say the 48-year-old Nevada death-row inmate who wanted for two years to die, but whose execution was postponed twice, has been found dead in his cell on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, from an apparent hanging. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter, File)
January 06, 2019 - 3:17 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A twice-convicted murderer who had repeatedly said he wanted to die by lethal injection was found dead in his death-row prison cell from an apparent hanging, officials said Saturday. Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, was found unresponsive in his solo death-row cell at the state's maximum-...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, Nevada death row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier, right, confers with Lori Teicher, a federal public defender involved in his case, during an appearance in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. Authorities say the 48-year-old Nevada death-row inmate who wanted for two years to die, but whose execution was postponed twice, has been found dead in his cell on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, from an apparent hanging. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter, File)
January 05, 2019 - 11:59 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A twice-convicted murderer who declared he wanted to die and who Nevada officials said tried several times to kill himself after two scheduled lethal injections were postponed has been found dead from an apparent hanging, officials said Saturday. Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, was found...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2018 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown walks past photos of murder victims displayed at the Capitol as he goes to address a victims' rights rally in Sacramento, Calif. The Democratic governor has spent much of his second two terms reducing criminal penalties and shuffling less-serious offenders to county jails instead of state lockups. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 05, 2019 - 1:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of the advantages of being in government for 50 years, says California Gov. Jerry Brown, is "you get to make mistakes that you then get to correct." For Brown, one of those missteps was the criminal justice overhaul he oversaw as a young governor during two terms from...
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