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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s fate uncertain after Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a ruling that had set aside the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in a racially tinged case that has made the former Black Panther an international cause celebre. The justices ordered the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court…

Haiti: 50,000 bodies found, final toll could be 200,000

The latest estimate for the death toll in Haiti indicates that it could go as high as 200,000. Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told Reuters on Friday, “We have already collected around 50,000 dead bodies; we anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total although we will…

Report: Texas continues to execute mentally retarded prisoners

It is unconstitutional to execute mentally retarded prisoners in the United States. The state of Texas, however, appears to have found a loophole, according to a published report. Psychologist George Denkowski, an expert witness oft-used by Texas prosecutors, has been utilizing “junk science” to elevate the intelligence evaluation scores of…

‘Traditional marriage’ defender Rove mocked for getting divorced

The progressive blogosphere is having a good laugh at self-professed “traditional marriage” defender Karl Rove, after a Texas court granted the former Bush White House political mastermind his second divorce. The man referred to as “Bush’s brain” ended his 24-year marriage to Darby Rove last week, said Dana Perino, the…

Israeli police chief threatened by right wing settlers: report

JERUSALEM — Israel has tightened security around police chief Dudi Cohen after he received death threats believed to be from hardline Jewish settlers, Israeli news reports said on Sunday. “You have been condemned to the next life, your end is nigh,” said one anonymous letter sent to Cohen, the reports…

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