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Iranian Supreme Court overturns death sentence for former U.S. Marine

Iran court overturns ex-US Marine’s death sentence (via AFP) Iran’s Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence handed to a former US Marine convicted of espionage, with the penalty being cut to 10 years in jail, media reported Sunday. Amir Hekmati, a dual US-Iranian citizen, was arrested in August 2011,……

Kuwaiti woman gets death sentence for murdering maid

Kuwait’s supreme court upheld Monday a death sentence against a woman for murdering her Filipina maid after torturing her, and confirmed a 10-year sentence on her disabled husband. The ruling is final and cannot be challenged but could be commuted to a life term by the ruler of the Gulf…

Study: blacks twice as likely as whites to be executed

A new report, released on Wednesday, shows that African Americans are twice as likely as white to receive death sentences, according to Mother Jones. The report, from University of Maryland criminology professor Ray Paternoster, examined the impact race had on sentencing in 504 cases. The findings are striking. From the…

Co-author of Ohio death penalty says law ‘should be repealed’

An Ohio Supreme Court justice is calling on lawmakers to repeal the state’s death penalty law — even though he helped write it. Testifying before an Ohio House of Representatives committee hearing, Justice Paul Pfeifer insisted that the state was “no longer well-served by our death penalty statute and it…

Oregon becomes latest state to halt executions

LOS ANGELES — The governor of Oregon announced a halt to executions in the northwestern US state, the latest to drop capital punishment as a penal option. Governor John Kitzhaber issued a temporary reprieve for a prisoner due to die next month, and said he would allow no more executions…

Failure to plead guilty not grounds for death sentence: Court

An appeals court overturned Wednesday the death sentence of the convicted killer of two undercover New York police officers, saying prosecutors unfairly tried to influence the jury in the case. The federal Court of Appeals in New York upheld Ronell Wilson’s conviction for the 2003 murders but said the death…

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