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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.…

British juror faces jail over Facebook chat

LONDON – A British juror was warned by a judge on Tuesday that she faces jail for contacting a defendant on the social networking site Facebook, causing the collapse of a major drugs trial. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Britain involving the…

U.S. contractor found guilty in Cuba trial

HAVANA (Reuters) – American contractor Alan Gross was found guilty on Saturday of working to undermine Cuba’s communist government, Cuban television said, and now faces up to 20 years behind bars in the latest blow to U.S.-Cuba relations. A panel of judges reached the widely expected verdict after hearing two…

Stoning of Iran woman could be quashed: judiciary

TEHRAN — The sentence of death by stoning handed down by an Iranian court against a mother of two could be quashed, a senior judiciary official said on Sunday, adding that some ambiguities remain in her case. When asked by Fars news agency whether the stoning sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi…

Israeli soldiers walk free in Gaza human shield case

JERUSALEM — Two Israeli soldiers received suspended sentences and demotions on Sunday for using a Palestinian child as a human shield during the 2008-2009 Gaza war, an army spokeswoman said. The soldiers were convicted on October 3 for forcing a nine-year-old boy to search bags believed to be booby-trapped during…

Clinton: ‘Vast majority’ of detainees should get civilian trials

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that civilian trials work better than military commission for convicting terrorism detainees. “We do believe that what are called Article Three trials, in other words in our civilian courts, are appropriate for the vast majority of detainees,” Clinton told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.…

Student who hacked O’Reilly, Coulter websites sentenced to 30 months in jail

A 23-year-old Ohio student who took down the websites of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and conservative pundit Ann Coulter, and briefly disrupted the network of the University of Akron, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. In addition, former University of Akron student Mitchell Frost must pay $40,000 to…

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…

Prisoner at center of ‘KopBusters’ campaign may soon be freed

The woman at the epicenter of a Texas filmmaker’s crusade against allegedly corrupt police may soon be freed thanks to a federal judge’s decision to vacate her sentence. Yolanda Madden, who was jailed in 2005 after being convicted of possession of and intent to distribute narcotics, was the reason that…

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