'Playing Russian roulette with a firing squad': Why educated adrenaline junkies are lining up to be drug mules

For four-and-a-half years, author Kathryn Bonella has been running with dangerous company. The former 60 Minutes journalist infiltrated drug circles in Brazil to research her latest book. And she found out that not all traffickers are desperate favela dwellers – quite the opposite. In “Operation Playboy”, Bonella reveals that many of Brazil’s top drug kingpins are in fact

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| December 17, 2017 |

On the Death Penalty, New Jersey Got it Right

In August 1982, New Jersey reenacted the death penalty after the United State Supreme Court decision in Gregg v. Georgia reinstated capital punishment in bifurcated proceedings. The reinstatement was futile. No defendant convicted under the 1982 legislation was put to death—the last execution in New Jersey was in 1963. Thanks to the vigorous efforts of the Public Defender’s Office and other

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| December 17, 2017 |

Oklahoma goes second straight year without an execution; no new protocol in sight

Oklahoma did not put anyone to death over the past two years amid continued work on the Department of Corrections’ lethal injection protocol. This is the first time since 1994 that the state has gone two or more consecutive years without carrying out an execution. The Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that doesn’t take an official position on executions, released

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| December 17, 2017 |

California: Death penalty for the man who killed an 8-year-old he thought was gay

A jury in California recommended the death penalty to a man who was convicted of killing an 8-year-old boy for being gay. Isauro Aguirre was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of his girlfriend Pearl Sinthia Fernandez’s son Gabriel Fernandez. The boy was found in May, 2013, with a cracked skull, broken ribs, and burns, and died days after being hospitalized. During closing

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| December 17, 2017 |

Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself. Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death

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| December 16, 2017 |

U.N. Condemns Executions of 38 Prisoners in Iraq

GENEVA — The United Nations said Friday that it was appalled by a mass execution of prisoners in Iraq and called for an immediate halt to executions, citing flaws in the country’s criminal justice system. Iraq’s Ministry of Justice said 38 prisoners were executed on terrorism-related charges in the southern city of Nasiriya on Thursday, but it gave no details of the prisoners’ identities or

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Delaware Supreme Court overturns past death penalty convictions

The 12 men on Delaware’s death row will not be executed.  Instead, they’ll get life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Delaware Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the state cannot go through with executing those on death row after they previously struck down the state’s capital punishment system. Justices came to that decision in August after the U.S. Supreme

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| December 16, 2017 |

Trump calls for death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is calling for the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer. Trump, while speaking at the FBI National Academy in Virginia on Friday, pledged to support law enforcement officers and condemned those who attack them. During the presidential campaign, Trump pledged to sign an executive order as president that would demand capital

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Lawmaker pushes to abolish death penalty in Ohio

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the fourth time in a row, State Rep. Nickie Antonio, from Cuyahoga County, has introduced legislation at the Statehouse that would abolish the death penalty. Her three previous attempts have been relatively fruitless in starting a debate about the issue at the Statehouse. This time, Antonio is hoping for a deeper dialog with members of the House Criminal Justice

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