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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…

Illinois repeals the death penalty

UPDATE (3:05 p.m. EST): The Governor of Illinois has signed a bill repealing the death penalty and commuting the sentences of 15 men Today, Illinois is expected to officially end the practice of state-sanctioned murder. It only took them 232 years. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, a supporter of capital punishment,…

South Koreans tweeting with N. Korea to be punished: officials

SEOUL — South Koreans trying to tweet with North Korea will be punished, Seoul officials have warned, as the communist state ratchets up an online propaganda drive via popular websites such as Twitter and YouTube. The Justice Ministry, in its 2011 operation plan, said those who forward the North’s Twitter…

Ethics chief counsel recommends censure for Rangel

Chief counsel of ethics committee recommends that House vote to censure New York’s Rep. Rangel The House ethics committee’s chief counsel recommended Thursday that Rep. Charles Rangel be censured in connection with the panel’s finding that he engaged in improper financial and fundraising conduct. Chief counsel Blake Chisman called for…

In rare public debate, Justice Scalia admits to not caring about intentions behind laws

One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the most liberal ones sparred Friday over capital punishment, the direct election of senators and various other constitutional questions during a rare public debate that highlighted their philosophical differences. Antonin Scalia, 74, the longest-serving current justice,…

North Korea vows ‘severest punishment’ if war games go on as planned

North Korea’s military threatened Sunday to launch the “severest punishment” against South Korea for staging massive joint war games with the United States this week. The North’s army and people will “deal a merciless counterblow” to the allies “as it had already resolved and declared at home and abroad”, a…

Texas lawmaker: Obama is ‘God’s punishment on us’

Texas governor ‘proud’ to be in Glenn Beck’s ‘army’ It seems conservative firebrands are seeing God’s punishment everywhere these days. First there was televangelist Pat Robertson who in January told his audience that the Haitian earthquake was punishment for Haiti’s founders having signed a “pact with the devil.” Then came…

Pope-appointed bishop accused of ritually beating orphaned children

The child abuse scandal rocking the Vatican grew yet again Wednesday when former children in a German orphanage submitted written statements that a German bishop habitually beat them. The Bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa, was a controversial conservative churchman appointed by Pope Benedict in 2005 and has been called his…

State Dept. helped Blackwater guards ‘avoid punishment’: report

When the prosecution of five Blackwater guards over the 2007 Nisoor Square massacre in Baghdad fell apart in December, it was largely blamed on the State Department’s granting of immunity to guards who spoke with State officials. Now, newly released court documents show an official at the US embassy in…

Update: Seven soldiers reprimanded by military for pregnancies

Latest Update, via ABC News: An Army general in Iraq backed away from his threat today to court martial female soldiers who get pregnant. “I see absolutely no circumstance where I would punish a female soldier by court martial for a violation … none,” Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo III wrote…

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