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Defense argues USS Cole bombing mastermind should not face death

Defense lawyers for the Saudi man charged with masterminding the 2000 USS Cole bombing that killed 17 American sailors argued on Friday he should not face the death penalty because the murders were not premeditated. The move was among several pre-trial motions heard in the murder case against Abd al-Rahim…

Americans’ support for death penalty lowest in 40 years

Support for the death penalty is at a four-decade low in the United States, though most Americans — three out of five — still favor it, a new Gallup poll out Tuesday found. Sixty percent of Americans say they back capital punishment for convicted killers; that is the lowest figure…