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Supreme Court hears ‘return to sender’ death row appeal

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Tuesday took up the case of a man on death row who failed to launch an appeal against his sentence in time because his lawyers had left their firm and left no forwarding address. Cory Maples was sentenced to death by an Alabama court…

Amnesty International seeks to stop Georgia execution

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Death penalty opponents urged Georgia on Monday to halt the execution of a man convicted of raping and killing a woman in 1994, saying there was inadequate evidence linking him to the crime. Marcus Ray Johnson, 46, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday…

New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina

Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime that people familiar with the case say he never could have committed. A lawyer and an activist both told Raw Story recently that…

Obama: Death of Awlaki is ‘major blow’ to Al Qaeda

President Barack Obama announced the death of Anwar al-Awlaki ahead of his remarks at a ceremony marking the departure of Adm. Michael G. Mullen as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Earlier this morning, Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen,”…

Documentary exposes ugly truths of capital punishment in Perry’s Texas

Steve Mims and Joe Bailey, Jr., the directors of a new documentary about a potentially innocent man executed in Texas under Gov. Rick Perry, say that they “feel validated” by recent events, like the execution of Troy Davis and voters’ enthusiastic reaction to Perry’s death penalty record, “because the things…

In memoriam: Troy Davis, Oct. 9, 1968 – Sept. 21, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night refused to temporarily halt the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis, giving Georgia officials clearance to carry out his death sentence. The court had no comment on the order, which it made about four hours after Davis’ attorneys had filed the motion.…

Taliban denies rumor Mullah Omar dead, claims phone hacked

KABUL (Reuters) – Two Taliban spokesmen said their mobile phones, emails and a website had been hacked and messages issued on Wednesday falsely reporting the death of the movement’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. The one-eyed, reclusive leader is one of the most wanted men in the world, and is…

Death of hacking whistleblower probed

The death of Sean Hoare, a former News of the World journalist and whistleblower on the escalating phone-hacking scandal, was “not suspicious” and involved no third party, police said a post-mortem showed Tuesday. The post-mortem carried out on 47-year-old Hoare, who was found dead at his home on Monday, revealed…

Diaries of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele up for sale

NEW YORK — The diaries of feared Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, the so-called “Angel of Death” who carried out gruesome medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, will be auctioned in the United States. The diaries, written after World War II once Mengele had fled from the Allies to Latin…

Police: Death of News of the World whistleblower ‘not suspicious’

LONDON — A whistleblower in the phone-hacking scandal, former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare, was found dead at his home Monday but there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances, police said. Hoare alleged in interviews with The New York Times newspaper and the BBC last year that the…

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