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  • After calling the death-penalty system in his state "seriously broken," Illinois Gov.

    New Death Sentences Fall to Lowest Level in 35 Years

  • Federal prosecutors in Washington must approve a death-penalty case after a lengthy review process.

    New Charges for Tucson Suspect

  • In addition to pushing back against what he has described as superficial punishment by the SEC for companies accused of fraud, Judge Rakoff has overturned a death-penalty conviction and carped about U.S. sentencing guidelines.

    No Mr. Nice Guy—Just Ask Wall Street

  • "In many cases, defendants suffer mental impairments that do not meet the legal definition of insanity or incompetency, but are powerfully mitigating disabilities that are given great weight when juries are charged with assessing individualized culpability," wrote Russell Stetler, an expert on federal death-penalty cases.

    Tucson Suspect's Mental State Is Discussed in Filings

  • In a declaration filed Friday with the court on behalf of the defense, Richard Burr, a Texas attorney who specializes in death-penalty cases, wrote that he has "been informed by counsel that one of the potential areas of defense that is being investigated is Mr. Loughner's mental health."

    Tucson Suspect's Mental State Is Discussed in Filings

  • It quotes death-penalty experts arguing the importance of mental illness, trauma and brain injury as mitigating factors in capital cases.

    Tucson Suspect's Mental State Is Discussed in Filings

  • Mr. Nashiri's chief defense lawyer, Richard Kammen, a civilian death-penalty specialist, said that while the day went "probably as smoothly as it could have gone, a lot of the problems with this process are beginning to crystallize."

    Cole Suspect's Trial Tests Gitmo Rules

  • Also inviting comment was the presence of a wonderfully informed post on slavery and the Bible, which raises the question of what interpretive lens we use when reading sacred texts and the implications for the many social questions facing us today including the war in Afghanistan, and the death-penalty.

    Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: HuffPost Religion Round-Up June 19-26

  • However, on Monday, prosecutors decided to drop the death-penalty pursuit, making way for the guilty plea.

    Man Who Shot Soldiers in Arkansas Pleads Guilty

  • Despite his willingness to own up to the shootings, Mr. Muhammad couldn't plead guilty because Arkansas law doesn't allow that plea in death-penalty cases.

    Man Who Shot Soldiers in Arkansas Pleads Guilty


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