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Jesus Is King And I’m So Scared

09Nov

God, there is no where for me to go. I feel powerless, weak, invisible. I believe I only matter to You

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Down Ballot Races Worth Fighting For

05Nov

Electing the country’s first female president is going to be a ground breaking accomplishment. What it will mean for us here in America, and to people around the world, to see a woman serving as Commander-in-Chief will be powerful. Electing Hillary will change the way women are viewed as leaders and pave the way for other women to serve in elected office

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Along with the Haymarket and Sacco and Vanzetti trials, the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg during the McCarthy-era stands as among the gravest miscarriages of justice in American history. In the last few months, the Rosenberg family has amassed over 13,000 signatures (http://www.rfc.org/ethel) calling on President Obama to issue an executive proclamation nullifying the guilty verdict for Ethel modeled after what Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts did on the 50th anniversary of Sacco and Vanzetti.

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Preserving Our Democracies

24Oct

Democracy must be grounded in human rights. To many, that is obvious, but increasingly, we see some in Europe suggesting that democracy is about merely winning elections and then doing whatever the voters are deemed to want.

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Iranian activist and journalist Narges Mohammadi has won awards and global plaudits for her human rights advocacy, including her work to end Iran’s use of the death penalty for young offenders . But the 44-year-old mother of two has spent the past year behind bars, serving the remainder of a six-year sentence simply for speaking out .  Now Mohammadi, who has an undiagnosed disease affecting her muscle control, faces a further 16 years in jail after being convicted in May of several national security-related offenses tied to her peaceful activism

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LOS ANGELES ― For the past three years, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department have been embroiled in a sprawling jailhouse informant scandal ― one that may have involved the violation of multiple defendants’ civil rights, and that threatens to upend a number of already settled cases. The U.S

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Donald Trump: The American-Made Fraud

10Oct

On Sept. 2, a tarp covering part of the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh caught fire during repair work.

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The Republican National Committee released an ad Monday that attacks Virginia senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine for his record as a pro bono defense attorney and staunch opponent of the death penalty.

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For the past few weeks, national nightly news broadcasts have been leading with weather stories. California and Florida have been burning out of control, a tornado two miles in diameter wiped one Kansas town off the face of the map, and agrarian Missouri has been flooding. Fires and tornadoes, although extraordinarily dangerous and deadly, move fast and decisively, cutting a swath through all natural and manmade objects with reckless abandon

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Angela Corey, the Democratic Florida prosecutor who presided over some the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court’s most controversial cases of the past several years, lost her bid for reelection Tuesday night bringing her eight-year tenure to an end.  Melissa Nelson emerged as the Republican primary winner , earning more than 64 percent of the vote compared to Corey’s 26 percent. A third challenger, Wes White, collected less than 10 percent.  Corey’s loss was cheered by defense lawyer and academics, many of whom had criticized her aggressive prosecution, particularly of juveniles.   “Corey’s loss is an encouraging sign that the public will no longer tolerate overzealous and unprincipled criminal prosecutions, including women and children,” Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami, said in a statement Tuesday.  Even musician John Legend, who cofounded the criminal justice reform campaign #FreeAmerica weighed in on the Fourth Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney’s race

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Happy 70 ½ Baby Boomers. It might surprise you to learn that in most cases you MUST start taking money from your traditional IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts you may have at the time hit your 70 ½ birthday. Why?

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Hillary Clinton supports the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the accused shooter of nine parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, her campaign confirmed.

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North Korea without doubt is unique. If nothing else, its claimed accomplishments rival the faux Russian achievements cited by Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek. Yet only the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has established a Communist monarchy, now reaching the third generation.

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The following article first appeared in The National Book Review : By Madeleine Dobie More…

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Hillary Clinton’s stump speech is painfully unoriginal and also it rained today.

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One of the world’s largest suppliers of antibodies for scientific research on Friday agreed to pay a record $3.5 million fine and stop selling its products to settle government allegations it abused goats and rabbits.

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The Day American Democracy Died (21 January 2010)

21May

The government of the people, by the people, and for the people, has perished. Democracy was terminally ill for a long time and just lingering on life support

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Dealing With IRS Notices

16May

In the past, the first thing I’d tell you about IRS notices would be “don’t panic.” These days, while staying calm is still important, the first thing you need to do is make sure the notice is authentic and is really from the IRS. There are so many scams involving taxpayers information that in the past week at least seven #IRS tweets warned of scams ranging from phishing for payroll information to scammers trying to collect “past due taxes.” The IRS sends millions of notices and letters for many different reasons

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A federal court heard oral arguments in a mortgage lender’s challenge to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fine. The judges present seemed open to ruling the entire agency unconstitutional. An unfavorable ruling would be the biggest legal setback yet for the CFPB, but it is liable to be overturned on appeal

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The PBS debate moderators missed a golden opportunity to ask Hillary and Bernie a crucial question: What did they think about the execution of Rickey Ray Rector in 1992?

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The Bank Whistleblowers United announce the inaugural Financial Fraud Lemons of the Week award. There can be no more fitting recipient than the ironically named Department of Justice (DOJ). The “lemon” is used in the economics and criminology literature to refer to a car of surpassingly terrible quality

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Justice Antonin Scalia didn’t make it to the Supreme Court this week, but he did leave a snippy note for Justice Anthony Kennedy in a major juvenile justice case decided Monday. The decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana   made retroactive a 2012 ruling that said it’s unconstitutional to automatically  sentence children to life in prison without the possibility of parole

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This article was originally published in the journal Democracy. Subscribe to it here , because why not? WASHINGTON — Coverage of the influence of money in politics tends to suffer from the same weakness that all horse-race politics writing does: it almost never connects day-to-day movements to any broader reality or purpose

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This month’s arrest of a 21-year-old University of Virginia student in North Korea may have been shocking, but it was only the latest reported case of a Westerner held in that isolated nation. Otto Frederick Warmbier was detained on Jan.

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Why You Should Care About the Australian Open

18Ene

The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Mike Munchak has absolutely no chill.  Towards the end of the first quarter of the Steelers’ Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night, Munchak yanked a handful of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson’s dreadlocks.  Nelson barrelled into the Steelers’ sidelines after pushing running back Jordan Todman out-of-bounds. Munchak may have felt like Nelson unnecessarily shoved his running back into the sideline — Todman was nearly out-out-bounds when Nelson hit him, and the extra push sent Todman crashing into the bench. Todman should have been the star of the play for his darting run, but one of his coaches overreacted to a bit of chippiness on Nelson’s part.

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Why The 49ers Are Having A Tough Season

15Nov

What is wrong with the 49ers this season?

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Finding the best credit card is part art, part science. No single credit card is better than all others in all categories — or for all people. But by understanding your options and asking the right questions, you can find the card that’s the best fit for your spending habits and credit situation

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Medicare and Open Enrollment

01Nov

Medicare’s open enrollment period is the time of year when you can change your Part D, prescription drug insurance or change from traditional Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or change Medicare Advantage plans. Open enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7th.

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Tips for "Obamacare" Enrollment

01Nov

Open enrollment for the third year of “Obamacare” starts November 1st, and if you want your coverage to start on January 1, 2016, your enrollment deadline is December 15th. (Final deadline is January 31, 2016 for coverage starting March 1st.) The penalty for not having insurance coverage rises to $695 per person ($347.50 per child under 18) or 2 percent of MAGI (whichever is greater) for 2016, so it’s important to get in on the open enrollment period

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In recent days, the Democratic Party establishment has stepped up efforts to freeze the momentum for Sen. Bernie Sanders, pressing Democratic Party office holders, who are also convention super delegates, to get in line and trying to create an impression that the contest is over

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With only one year to go before the next presidential election, President Obama has begun to focus more intently on his legacy. As such, for much of this year, he has emphasized his belief that climate change is an existential threat that must be addressed through clean energy. If that’s the case, he must explain his decision to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard and hand Big Oil a decisive political victory.

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Should We Discharge Terminally Ill Inmates?

25Oct

On a recent trip to a medium security prison I and other Massachusetts legislators took, an elderly inmate serving a life sentence who was dying with lung asked me, “after I die, where is my body going to be buried.” I did not know the answer, but I found out before I left the prison. Aging Inmates In states across America, there are numerous inmates serving life sentences. These inmates did awful things to earn these life sentences

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Prosecuting Death Penalty Executioners?

22Oct

Should those imposing the death penalty be prosecuted for grave violations of international humanitarian law? Too many states, from Iran, Saudi Arabia, China to the US, still execute persons, and frequently for crimes that under international law are not considered “most serious crimes.” Can the governments of such states be themselves accused of systematic criminal norms under international law codified in treaty and norms adopted by representatives of such countries

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Henry Montgomery has spent more than  50 years behind bars after his conviction for killing a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 17 at the time of his arrest. On Tuesday, the U.S.

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Terry Bradshaw is sick of football players like Dallas Cowboys’ Greg Hardy getting passes on domestic violence — and he’s even more upset that the NFL continues to give them.  A fired-up Bradshaw didn’t mince words as he ripped into Hardy during the “Fox NFL Sunday” pre-game show.  “Anybody, in my opinion, who lays a hand on a woman, I don’t care who you are, my friend: You never come back in this league,” Bradshaw said.  “I really, really seriously hope, eventually, we never have a place in the NFL for people who … strike a woman,” Bradshaw said as his co-hosts sat in silence.  Terry Bradshaw gives his heartfelt viewpoint on Greg Hardy's domestic abuse case. https://t.co/LfMelAXzmj — FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 11, 2015 But Hardy, who was signed to the Cowboys in March, wasn’t the only target of Bradshaw’s criticism.

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You need five Supreme Court justices to halt an execution.

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A city in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an unarmed black man shot to death earlier this year by a white police officer. The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement by a 10-0 vote, and members of Walter Scott’s family were on hand when it was announced.

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A Montana judge ruled on Tuesday that the state’s lethal injection protocol is unlawful.  District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled that Montana may not use pentobarbital for lethal injections. Pentobarbital is one of the two drugs used in the state’s two-drug execution protocol.  The ruling stems from a 2008 lawsuit by the Montana American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of death row inmate Ronald Allen Smith. A release from the Montana ACLU announcing the ruling stated, “All Montana executions are stayed indefinitely, which means that Montana remains in a de facto death penalty moratorium.”   This is a developing story

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When lawyers for Richard Glossip filed a last-minute request  with the Supreme Court late Tuesday to halt his execution, the justices were already familiar with his name.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Monday he won’t stop Thursday’s scheduled execution of Alfredo Prieto, a serial murderer who claims he is intellectually disabled and therefore  ineligible for the death penalty. McAuliffe’s decision means Prieto, 49, a native of El Salvador, can only be saved by a last-minute reprieve from the U.S

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William Devin Howell, a drifter who has been imprisoned for eight years, may be Connecticut’s most prolific killer in nearly three decades, authorities say.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — the Notorious RBG — will be the guest DJ on a radio show next week in Chicago. Ginsburg will share some of her favorite classical music on WFMT, a classical radio station. According to the station , Ginsburg, whose son runs a classical music record label in Chicago, also will participate in a performance by the Lyric Opera of Chicago called “Opera and the Law.” The performance, which will be broadcast live on the station, features these law-related scenes from operas, handpicked by Ginsburg herself: The “Seguidilla” scene from Bizet’s “Carmen” — Ms.

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In June 2014, Justin Guy was cited by a Hawaii County Police Department officer for  holding a sign  that read, “Homeless Please Help.” He didn’t realize it, but by asking for help on a downtown street in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, the 26-year-old was  violating a county law that prohibited soliciting money  in a wide range of public places. He faced a maximum 30 days in jail for the petty misdemeanor charge, but instead of just accepting his penalty, Guy fought back. Over the course of the next year, he initiated not only a change to the island’s laws related to panhandling and free speech, but a major change in his own life

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What Mothers Need on Labor Day, and Every Day

07Sep

Several companies recently announced new or expanded perks to help the mothers in their ranks: extending maternity leaves, paying to fly a baby and nanny when mom takes a work trip or to ship breast milk back home, offering a mother local work for the first year of her baby’s life, or allowing her to return to work part-time at full pay after maternity leave. This “arms race” of baby-friendly benefits is welcome, if overdue. Still, irksome workplace norms and beliefs remain, creating unnecessary stress and high hurdles for mothers.

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Co-authored by Chelsea Cooper First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage! Today’s marriage landscape has shifted — particularly among the working-class. There’s still plenty of love and babies, but wedding rings have grown rarer. Yet many low-income Americans still desire marriage, according to Andrew Cherlin in his article, “The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage,” published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

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First, we would like to thank the Federal Communications Commission, FCC, for the three pages it dedicated to our Petition for Investigation in the AT&T-DirecTV merger Order. What a shame it got the facts wrong and spent the time mostly making up garbage we never said or implied, or that the Agency is either in bed with the carriers or is in denial that it screwed up before, or was in a rush to push through the merger, or all of the above

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Carlos Izquierdoz tuvo una tarde de pesadilla la noche de ayer durante el partido de Santos vs Xolos, en dos ocasiones le sangraron la nariz… corría el minuto 20 del primer tiempo, al defensa santista Carlos Izquierdoz se le ocurrió la genial idea de detener el avance Xoloitzcuintle tirandole una barrida por detrás al capitán Javier Gandolfi. El argentino, muy conocido por blandito, no se iba a quedar de brazos cruzados mientras recibía la barrida, al caer le dejo un recuerdito a Carlos Izquierdoz y le rompe el tabique nasal, el futbolista de Santos como todo buen guerrero, regreso inmediatamente a la cancha pero solo para ser recibido con tremendo balonazo en el rostro! Obviamente su nariz, convertida en fuente de sangre, se abrió nuevamente y obligo los médicos a trabajar sobre su nariz nuevamente y claro, puntos extras para el utilero que no solamente tuvo las camisas listas sino que ademas fue a imprimir otra camisa con el numero de Carlos Izquierdoz, digo por si se volvía a necesitar… Puedes ver el video en la pagina de ESPN

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After less than three hours of weighing whether James Holmes’ particular circumstances warrant saving his life, the jury in the trial for the Colorado theater shooter has decided to push ahead with death penalty hearings.

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ROME (AP) – An Italian anti-death penalty group has honored Pope Francis with the prize “Abolitionist of the Year” for his strong position against the death penalty  and other forms of “inhumane and degrading” punishments. “Hands off Cain” on Friday cited Francis’ moves to remove from the Vatican criminal code  life sentences, which he called “a death penalty in disguise.” The pope has frequently lashed out against the death penalty, calling it “inadmissible” no matter the offense. The Italian group in its annual report  said the number of executions carried out worldwide rose to 3,576 last year from 3,511 a year earlier, with China carrying out two-thirds of the total

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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on a polarizing  term that featured major decisions  on marriage equality, health care and housing discrimination on Wednesday evening in a conversation with Duke Law professor Neil Siegel. Though the court’s term, which wrapped up exactly one month ago, has been widely described as a liberal one, she said she wouldn’t characterize the term (or herself) as “liberal.” To Ginsburg, consecutive terms that produce record dissatisfaction with the court have become par for the course, because she and her fellow justices tend to take up cases that have divided those below them.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the star quarterback posted a 507-word statement on Facebook with his firmest denial yet, writing: “I did nothing wrong.” Kraft followed with an unscheduled address to the media gathered at Gillette Stadium for the opening of training camp and the team’s defense of its fourth Super Bowl championship.    “It is completely incomprehensible to me that the league continues to take steps to disparage one of its all-time great players, and a man for whom I have the utmost respect,” the Patriots owner said

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More than 40,000 people have signed a White House petition  calling for Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice for killing a beloved lion named Cecil. Legal experts say it could happen. First, the grisly and disturbing background: Palmer allegedly paid two Zimbabwean men $55,000  for what may have been the illegal killing of the famously black-maned animal.  “Ongoing investigations to date suggest that the killing of the lion was illegal since the land owner was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015.

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Yesterday I stood in front of the White House along with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), leaders of the Economic Policy Institute, MoveOn, Democracy for America and other allies to deliver a petition signed by over 2 million Americans in support of expanding Social Security

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Understanding 529 College Savings Plans

14Jul

College savings plans — known as 529 plans for the section of the tax code that created them — have become the best and most popular way to save money for a child’s or grandchild’s education. All the money in the account grows tax-free if it is used to pay for college education expenses. And it can be used for any school in any state

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Saudi Arabia executed two prisoners on Monday, the kingdom’s 99th and 100th execution of 2015 . The state has killed more prisoners in the first six months of this year than in all of the previous year, and is on pace to top the country’s record 192 executions in 1995. Syrian Ismael al-Tawm and Saudi Rami al-Khadi were the latest two to receive the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

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It takes balls to take a gunshot to the testicles. But it’s the only way Jeremiah Raber can test his invention, a bulletproof jockstrap. More…

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who set off homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon and embarked on a week-long police chase with his brother Tamerlan in April 2013, was sentenced to death on Friday. The seven-woman, five-man jury that handed down Tsarnaev’s sentence went against the wishes of several Boston bombing victims, including the parents of the attack’s youngest victim, 8-year-old Martin Richard

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By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court was set on Wednesday to hear arguments in a case brought by three death row inmates challenging Oklahoma’s method of execution by lethal injection as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment

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(Adds comment from State Department, other details on indictment) WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – Iran is charging Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian with four crimes, including espionage, the newspaper said on Monday in a report offering the first details about the exact charges against him. Rezaian, the Post’s bureau chief in Tehran, was detained last year in Iran

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BOSTON — Relatives in Russia of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber wanted him to fire his defense team, including the lead attorney, despite her sterling reputation defending notorious clients facing the death penalty. Three of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s family members made the remarks to TIME magazine on Tuesday, a day before the second anniversary of the double bombing by Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. More…

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Former Louisiana prosecutor A.M. “Marty” Stroud III made a mistake 30 years ago that cost an innocent man named Glenn Ford nearly half a lifetime of freedom. Now, Stroud is sharing his story, both as a cautionary tale and as a call to action for ending the death penalty.

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of the 2002 slayings of a Pennsylvania couple and their pregnant 17-year-old daughter has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible for the death penalty, a judge said Wednesday in throwing out the sentence.

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BOSTON — If both state and federal prosecutors get their way, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face murder charges after he is sentenced to death. The federal death penalty trial of the Boston Marathon bombing defendant began with his lawyers admitting in opening statements that Tsarnaev was involved in the attack that killed three people and injured 264 more, many of whom suffered amputations and other serious disfigurement

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LOS ANGELES — An Orange County Superior Court judge removed the O.C. District Attorney’s office from prosecuting a mass murder case Thursday, saying the government had made “significant” violations of due process during the case. However, the judge also ruled that Scott Dekraai — who last year pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his ex-wife and seven other people in a hair salon in 2011, in what remains the biggest mass murder in county history — will still face the death penalty

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Kelly Gissendaner was scheduled to die at 7 p.m.

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By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., March 2 (Reuters) – North Carolina prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man who police say kept detailed notes on parking at his condominium complex before gunning down three young Muslims in a neighboring unit, according to documents released on Monday. More..

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(Adds background about case; byline) By Scott Malone BOSTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Formal seating of a jury and opening statements in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to begin in the middle of next week, a court official said on Wednesday. Tsarnaev, 21, an ethnic Chechen and naturalized U.S. citizen who was a student at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, is charged in federal court with killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It will be oil giant BP’s turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second week of a three-week trial was set to begin in New Orleans.

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By Victoria Cavaliere Jan 21 (Reuters) – A Nevada man serving time for rape and awaiting trial in a deadly shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip was sentenced on Wednesday to as much as five additional years behind bars for a prison bribery scheme, officials said. Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, imprisoned on a 2013 conviction for rape and robbery and charged with murder in the deaths of three people in the heart of Las Vegas the same year, pleaded guilty in October to bribery of a public officer. At a court hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered that his existing prison sentence for rape be extended by two to five years for bribery, a spokeswoman for the Nevada attorney general said.

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By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Texas plans to execute on Wednesday a man who was convicted of stabbing three people to death with a screwdriver, including his great-uncle and great-aunt, in a San Antonio home robbery in 1993. Arnold Prieto’s execution by injection is planned for 6 p.m. CST at the state’s prison death chamber in Huntsville.

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BOSTON (AP) — To try to save him from the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers will probably look for jurors who are intellectually curious and eager to learn about other cultures and religions. Prosecutors, in turn, will no doubt try to pick conservative, patriotic types who have steady work habits, have lived comfortable lives and are particularly sensitive to the randomness of the terror attack

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The Internal Revenue Service says it won’t come out with new proposed rules for so-called dark money groups until late spring at the earliest, increasing the likelihood that no changes will take effect before the 2016 elections. These groups 2014 social welfare nonprofits that can engage in politics, but do not have to disclose their donors 2014 have become a major force in elections, pouring at least $257 million into the 2012 elections

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The Detroit Lions have been eliminated from the NFL playoffs thanks to a controversial call by referees during a wild-card game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Detroit was leading 20-17 with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter when Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

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