Death penalty controversy

April 04, 2019 - 9:15 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Belarus have arrested 15 demonstrators who were trying to prevent the removal of wooden crosses from a wooded area near the capital of Minsk where tens of thousands of people were executed under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The Kurapaty woods have strong...
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U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, D-California, addresses supporters while holding a campaign rally at Morehouse College on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Atlanta. The Democratic candidate for president is at least the fifth presidential candidate to visit Georgia in the 2020 cycle. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
April 01, 2019 - 10:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Kamala Harris made her much-heralded arrival in Washington as California's first black U.S. senator, she made a curious early decision. Within months of her swearing-in, she sponsored a bill urging states to eliminate cash bail, denouncing the system as a scourge on the poor...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, the U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people. The justices say Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 30, 2019 - 5:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Death row inmates Patrick Murphy and Domineque Ray each turned to courts recently with a similar plea: Halt my execution if the state won't let a spiritual adviser of my faith accompany me into the execution chamber. Both cases wound up at the Supreme Court. And while the justices...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2017 file photo California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu pauses in his office in San Francisco. The California Supreme Court justice says the death penalty system in the most populous state is dysfunctional, expensive and doesn't deliver justice in a timely way. Liu made the comments in an unusual opinion issued Thursday, March 28, 2019, after the full court unanimously upheld Thomas Potts' death sentence. Potts was convicted in a 1997 killing of an elderly couple. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
March 28, 2019 - 1:08 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The death penalty system in the nation's most populous state is dysfunctional and expensive, and a ballot measure approved by voters to speed up executions will not make it "workable," a California Supreme Court justice said Thursday in an unusual opinion. Associate Justice...
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FILE - This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. A jury is considering the death penalty or life in prison for Sullivan in the 2016 rape and murder of 14-year-old Grace Packer, while Grace's mother, Sara Packer, is due to plead guilty, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, to first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
March 28, 2019 - 9:41 am
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who killed and dismembered his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he shared with the teenager's mother was sentenced to death Thursday. Jacob Sullivan, 46, had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges for killing Grace...
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Flanked by lawmakers, Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty during a news conference at the Capitol, March 13, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
March 13, 2019 - 7:57 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom not only put a moratorium on executions in California on Wednesday, he said he also may commute death sentences and is pushing to repeal capital punishment. Newsom signed an executive order granting reprieves to all 737 condemned inmates on the nation's...
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President Donald Trump talks with reporters outside the White House before traveling to Alabama to visit areas affected by the deadly tornadoes, Friday, March 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
March 13, 2019 - 7:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's not "thrilled" with California's plan to halt death penalty executions. California Gov. Gavin Newsom planned to sign an executive order Wednesday giving a reprieve to the 737 inmates on his state's death row. Trump tweeted Wednesday that voters don...
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March 12, 2019 - 10:41 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 - 8:32 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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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 - 4:41 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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