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At inmate’s request, Utah prepares firing squad

Barring a last-minute reprieve, Ronnie Lee Gardner will be strapped into a chair, a hood will be placed over his head and a small white target will be pinned over his heart. The order will come: “Ready, aim…” The 49-year-old convicted killer will be executed by a team of five…

Convicted lobbyist Abramoff set to leave jail this week or next

And what timing: Documentary on scandal begins Friday Three and a half years has passed since the incarceration of onetime Washington power-broker Jack Abramoff. And as soon as this week, or next, Abramoff will he on his way out the doors of a federal prison and into a halfway house,…

Arlington, Texas couple get years in prison for enslaving Nigerian, mother of six

A US federal judge sentenced a Texas couple Friday for forcing a widowed Nigerian mother of six to serve in domestic servitude, holding her as a slave for over eight years. Prosecutors said the victim was recruited in Nigeria and lured to the United States with promises she would receive…

Haiti police slaughtered inmates in prison: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Haitian police killed several unarmed inmates in a prison in Les Cayes, one week after the January 12 earthquake, and blamed the massacre on a prison ringleader, The New York Times reported after investigating the deaths. According to a confidential UN report and testimony of former inmates,…

Pentagon expanding Guantánamo-like prison in Afghanistan

As President Barack Obama prepares to shutter the infamous US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he appears to be supporting the expansion of another secretive prison in Afghanistan — at a pricetag of some $10 to $25 million. In a little-noticed filing Wednesday, the US Army announced it is soliciting…

Amnesty urges Iraq to probe ‘secret prison’ allegations

Amnesty International has urged Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to probe allegations that his Shiite-dominant security forces tortured hundreds of Sunni detainees at a secret prison in Baghdad. Referring to a report in the Los Angeles Times, quoting Iraqi officials who said more than 100 prisoners were tortured by electric…

Report: Afghans in secret jail ‘made to dance’ to use bathroom

Bagram prisoners ‘moved around in wheelchairs with goggles and headphones on’ The US military is operating a “secret jail” at an Afghan airbase where prisoners are deprived of sleep and “made to dance” by US troops whenever they want to use the toilet, a BBC report states. The BBC interviewed…

Man killed in secret CIA prison allegedly saved Afghan president’s life

The only prisoner known to have died in the CIA’s network of secret prisons once rescued Hamid Karzai, wading through rocket and small-arms fire to take the wounded future president to safety in Pakistan, according to his brother and former associates. The prisoner, Gul Rahman, died in the early hours…

Abortion doctor’s murderer gets life in prison

WICHITA, Kansas (AFP) – A born-again Christian who said he killed a prominent US abortion doctor to save the lives of unborn babies was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years. Scott Roeder, 52, was pulled out of the courtroom screaming “you have…

Judge gives 430-year sentence to serial rapist

A serial rapist in New York has been handed a prison sentence more than four centuries long, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. Boker Thomas, 31, was found guilty of raping seven women in elevators, stairwells or apartments, before being traced through DNA and security camera footage, the report…

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