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Lawyer In California Proposes Killing Gays With ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 23:09 GMT // 0 Comments

A lawyer in California has submitted a ballot initiative with the state Department of Justice calling for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the state, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports. – A representative for the Attorney General’s Office was not immediately available for further comment.

Lawyers For Only Woman On Georgia’s Death Row Make Last-Ditch Effort To Postpone Or Cancel Execution

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:39 GMT // 0 Comments

KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The only woman on Georgia’s death row will become the first female to be executed in 70 years in the state Monday unless the U.S. Supreme Court or the state parole board steps in with a last-minute reprieve.In this Tuesday, July 6, 2004, file photo, Kelly Gissendaner, […]

City Of Cleveland Apologizes For Blaming Tamir Rice For His Own Fatal Shooting

by The Huffington Post // March 2, 2015 // Updated 22:28 GMT // 0 Comments

An ongoing federal lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice prompted a response from the city of Cleveland last week arguing that the 12-year-old was responsible for his own death. The city’s claims caused outrage from family and community members — and perhaps led to a public apology from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson who […]

Cleveland mayor apologizes for ‘insensitivity’ in Tamir Rice legal case

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 21:41 GMT // 0 Comments

The mayor’s statement Monday came days after a city court filing said the death of Tamir, a 12-year-old who was shot by police in November, was the sixth-grader’s own fault. – CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report.

Georgia woman’s execution back on, as supporters cry for clemency

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:34 GMT // 0 Comments

A petition saying the mother of three has turned her life around, even earning a theology degree while in prison, had garnered more than 40,000 signatures as of Monday morning, just hours before her execution. Organizers plan to deliver it to Gov. Nathan Deal, though in Georgia, the governor has no authority to grant clemency. […]

Georgia woman’s execution back on, as supporters cry for clemency

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 14:34 GMT // 0 Comments

A petition saying the mother of three has turned her life around, even earning a theology degree while in prison, had garnered more than 40,000 signatures as of Monday morning, just hours before her execution. Organizers plan to deliver it to Gov. Nathan Deal, though in Georgia, the governor has no authority to grant clemency. […]

Opposition rally turns to march of grief after Putin critic Boris Nemtsov’s death

by CNN // March 1, 2015 // Updated 08:23 GMT // 0 Comments

And as they march near the site of Nemtsov’s death, conspiracy theories swirl over who killed the 55-year-old outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin as he walked near the Kremlin with his Ukrainian model companion. An about face Russian authorities originally declined to issue a permit for the march when it was billed as an […]

Online, American Helps Fuel Attacks in Egypt

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 10:04 GMT // 0 Comments

Writing from an online perch in Istanbul, he calls on Egyptians to start off-hour attacks against KFC restaurants, banks, mobile phone shops and other corporate outposts. He urges assaults on the military’s commercial interests instead of its security checkpoints. Shadid King Bolsen from afar challenges Egypt’s military.) Nonviolent protests are worse than “futile,” he says, […]

As Arkansas Moves To Abolish Death Penalty, Lawmaker Shoots Back With Firing Squad Proposal

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:46 GMT // 0 Comments

Just days after an Arkansas Senate committee moved to abandon the death penalty, a Republican lawmaker has called for a return of firing squads as an execution method. Acting between the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of a bill to abolish the death penalty and the General Assembly’s end-of-February deadline for new legislation, Rep. Rebecca Petty […]

Our Condolences, Afghanistan

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:14 GMT // 0 Comments

How much is a life worth? A decade of war in Afghanistan has left a legacy of death and destruction for the Afghan people, often at the hands of U.S. forces. Read the whole story at The Intercept

William Shatner, George Takei Pay Tribute To Leonard Nimoy

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 18:45 GMT // 0 Comments

William Shatner played Captain Kirk opposite Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock on the “Star Trek” television series and in multiple feature films. Following Nimoy’s death on Friday, Shatner released a statement about losing his longtime friend and colleague.William Shatner remembers Leonard Nimoy. | Amanda Edwards via Getty Images – Head here for more on Nimoy’s life.

These Are Leonard Nimoy’s Touching Final Words Of Wisdom

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 17:53 GMT // 0 Comments

“Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. But days before his death, the legendary Mr. Spock left the world with some final words of wisdom. Actor Leonard Nimoy, a cast member in the upcoming film “Star Trek”, poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, April 26, […]

Could Jodi Arias Ever Walk Out Of Prison?

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 00:38 GMT // 0 Comments

Jodi Arias will pay for killing her ex-boyfriend — but will that crime cost the 34-year-old woman her life? The Arizona jury now deliberating over her fate has three possible choices for a sentence: life in prison, life with the possibility of parole after 25 years or death row. An Arizona jury is now deliberating […]

Key Facts About Jodi Arias Murder Case

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 12:28 GMT // 0 Comments

The Jodi Arias legal saga has dragged on for nearly seven years and had no shortage of eye-catching moments. It started with a gruesome killing, continued with a series of bizarre post-arrest interviews by Arias, and became a full-blown sensation during a more than four-month trial. The most recent phase of the case — a […]

Key Facts About Jodi Arias Murder Case

by The Huffington Post // February 26, 2015 // Updated 12:28 GMT // 0 Comments

The Jodi Arias legal saga has dragged on for nearly seven years and had no shortage of eye-catching moments. It started with a gruesome killing, continued with a series of bizarre post-arrest interviews by Arias, and became a full-blown sensation during a more than four-month trial. The most recent phase of the case — a […]

Winston Churchill’s blood to be auctioned

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 22:48 GMT // 0 Comments

A UK auction house is taking the former prime minister’s words literally. Duke’s auction house has announced it will auction a vial of Churchill’s blood, taken during a hospital stay in 1962, three years before his death. – CNN’s Sam Stringer contributed to this report.

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Hopes Trayvon Martin ‘Whooped The Sh-t Out Of George Zimmerman’

by The Huffington Post // February 25, 2015 // Updated 21:23 GMT // 0 Comments

On Tuesday, news broke that the U.S. Department of Justice would not bring charges against George Zimmerman for the slaying of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Though Attorney General Eric Holder called Martin’s death a “devastating tragedy,” he conceded that the case did not meet “the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution.”NEW YORK, NY […]

Clemency denied; Georgia to execute its first female prisoner in 70 years

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 15:29 GMT // 0 Comments

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 47, was convicted in a February 1997 murder plot that targeted her husband in suburban Atlanta. Gissendaner was romantically involved with Gregory Owen and conspired with the 43-year-old to have her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, killed, according to court testimony. Owen wanted Kelly Gissendaner to file for a divorce, but she was concerned […]

Dori Maynard, Journalist And Champion Of Diversity In News Coverage, Dead At 56

by The Huffington Post // February 25, 2015 // Updated 06:39 GMT // 0 Comments

Dori J. Maynard, a journalist and champion of diversity in news coverage, died Tuesday at her Oakland home, the journalism education institute she presided said. She was 56. The Oakland-based Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education confirmed Maynard’s death in a brief statement posted on its website. It didn’t give a cause of death. […]

Ex-Boxer Xavier Cortez Jr. Faces Trial In Killings Of 18-Month Old Baby And Her Mother

by The Huffington Post // February 25, 2015 // Updated 04:33 GMT // 0 Comments

A former professional boxer already facing trial in the beating death of an 18-month old girl pleaded not guilty in a Hawaii court last week to strangling the baby’s mother. Xavier “Pee Wee” Cortez Jr., 39, was charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 20, 2011, killing of his former girlfriend, 20-year-old Sommer Ferreira. She […]

Justice Dept. Won’t Charge George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Killing

by The New York Times // February 24, 2015 // Updated 20:17 GMT // 0 Comments

MIAMI — The Justice Department on Tuesday closed its investigation into the shooting death three years ago of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager in a hoodie who became a symbol of racial profiling and expansive self-defense laws, without filing hate-crime charges against the gunman George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman, right, shot Trayvon Martin to death […]

DOJ Not Filing Charges Against George Zimmerman For 2012 Killing Of Trayvon Martin

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 18:32 GMT // 0 Comments

The Department of Justice will not file charges against George Zimmerman for the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, ABC News and CBS News reported Tuesday. ABC reports:SANFORD, FL – JANUARY 10: In this handout photo provided by Seminole County Sheriff`s Office, George Zimmerman poses for a mug shot photo after being arrested and booked […]

Bill To Abolish The Death Penalty Fails By Just One Vote In Montana House

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 16:58 GMT // 0 Comments

The Montana state House came closer to abolishing the death penalty Monday than it has ever before, ultimately failing to pass the measure by just one vote. According to the Montana Lee Newspapers, the House ended up deadlocked 50-50, which means the measure is likely dead for the 2015 legislative session. Although the state Senate […]

Yes, You Can Actually Be Scared To Death

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 16:15 GMT // 0 Comments

As it turns out, being “scared to death” isn’t just a saying. – Yep, it’s true. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Kelly Gissendaner, Georgia Woman On Death Row, Seeks Clemency On Eve Of Execution

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 14:44 GMT // 0 Comments

The first woman on death row in Georgia since 1945 has appealed for clemency on the eve of her execution. Kelly Renee Gissendaner is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. She was convicted in 1998 of orchestrating a plot to murder her husband, who was stabbed to death by […]

Alan Howard, Actor With Royal Shakespeare Company, Dies at 77

by The New York Times // February 24, 2015 // Updated 01:40 GMT // 0 Comments

Alan Howard, a celebrated English actor whose regal bearing and imposing voice gave life to a spate of Shakespearean kings, died on Feb. 14 in London. He was 77. His death, following a recent bout of pneumonia, was announced on the website of the Royal Shakespeare Company, of which he was a mainstay in the […]

Florida Man Says He Wants The Death Penalty, Not The Help Of ‘Scumbag Liberals’

by The Huffington Post // February 24, 2015 // Updated 00:46 GMT // 0 Comments

A Florida man acting as his own attorney at his murder sentencing is pushing to get himself the death penalty. While seeking a death sentence in court Monday, 39-year-old Craig Wall of Clearwater rejected efforts the efforts of The Florida Capital Resource Center, a group that provides resources for defendants in capital cases, to have […]

Explosive Allegations Provide New Hope For British Grandmother On Texas Death Row

by The Huffington Post // February 23, 2015 // Updated 23:07 GMT // 0 Comments

New allegations in a high-profile death penalty case may help Linda Carty, a 56-year-old British grandmother who has been on death row in Texas since 2002, get the appeal she so desperately needs.In this April 13, 2010 photo, Linda Carty, who moved from St. Kitts in the British Virgin Islands to the U.S., poses for […]

Georgia to execute its 1st female prisoner in 70 years

by CNN // February 23, 2015 // Updated 18:12 GMT // 0 Comments

Gissendaner was romantically involved with Gregory Owen and conspired with the 43-year-old to have her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, killed, according to court testimony. Owen wanted Kelly Gissendaner to file for a divorce, but she was concerned that her husband would “not leave her alone if she simply divorced him,” court documents said. The Gissendaners had […]

After Ferguson, Missouri Legislator Wants To Keep Police Videos Private

by The Huffington Post // February 23, 2015 // Updated 18:09 GMT // 0 Comments

Following the unrest caused by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last year, state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced more than 40 bills amending the law enforcement and court systems, with one proving particularly controversial. State Sen. Doug Libla (R) introduced a bill that would exempt any videos taken by […]

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