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Trump Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Let Federal Executions Resume
Criminal Justice
Trump Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Let Federal Executions Resume

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clear the federal government to resume executions as soon as next week. The emergency filing on Monday urged the court to lift a hold that a trial judge... Read More

Trial to Determine Sanity for Capital Gazette Gunman Rescheduled for March
Criminal Justice
Trial to Determine Sanity for Capital Gazette Gunman Rescheduled for March

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anne Arundel County Judge Laura Ripken has set a new date for the trial to determine whether the Capital Gazette shooter was sane at the time of the mass shooting, according to the Maryland Judiciary. Slated to... Read More

Roger Stone Faces Jury Pool in Trial for Lying About Clinton Leaks
Law
Roger Stone Faces Jury Pool in Trial for Lying About Clinton Leaks

WASHINGTON — Roger Stone, the Republican political operative who famously predicted a dump of embarrassing documents on the Clinton campaign in 2016, got his first glimpse on Tuesday of the jurors who’ll decide whether he lied to a congressional committee... Read More

Federal Authorities Struggle to Counter ‘Sextortion’ Trend
Crime
Federal Authorities Struggle to Counter ‘Sextortion’ Trend

MINNEAPOLIS — Barton Scott found the girl on Snapchat. He pretended to be her friend and persuaded her to give up her password. Then Scott took what he really wanted: the photos marked “My Eyes Only.” Scott, in his mid-30s... Read More

A Sock and a Snapshot: How a Temple Professor Helped State Police Crack a Cold-Case Murder
Criminal Justice
A Sock and a Snapshot: How a Temple Professor Helped State Police Crack a Cold-Case Murder

PHILADELPHIA — In 2015, Byron Wolfe helped a Pennsylvania State Police detective enhance 24-year-old photographs. The work took two hours, and Wolfe promptly forgot about the case, chalking it up as a simple favor, he recalled recently in his office... Read More

He Started Murdering Women in South Florida — Then Became the Worst Serial Killer in US History
Crime
He Started Murdering Women in South Florida — Then Became the Worst Serial Killer in US History

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Samuel Little, a 79-year-old man with a penchant for storytelling and drawing chalk pastel portraits in his California prison cell, was recently labeled by the FBI as the United States’ most prolific serial killer. Over the... Read More

Feds Arrest Fourth Defendant in Campaign Finance Case Involving Giuliani Associates
Law
Feds Arrest Fourth Defendant in Campaign Finance Case Involving Giuliani Associates

MIAMI — A self-described former pro golfer from South Florida who was indicted last week on campaign finance charges was arrested by federal authorities on Wednesday. David Correia, who worked with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, is now in federal... Read More

Justices to Consider Life-Without-Parole Sentences in D.C. Sniper Case
Supreme Court
Justices to Consider Life-Without-Parole Sentences in D.C. Sniper Case
2019-10-15 19:59:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Do a pair of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court require the resentencing of Lee Boyd Malvo, the surviving assailant in the D.C. sniper case? That's the question the justices will consider when it convenes Wednesday to hear... Read More

Why Are Judges Sentencing People on Probation for Debts They Won’t Ever Be Able to Pay?
Criminal Justice
Why Are Judges Sentencing People on Probation for Debts They Won’t Ever Be Able to Pay?

PHILADELPHIA — A decade after he was first sentenced in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Maurice Hudson still could not come up with $1,941 in outstanding court costs — and, at a February hearing, it was clear Judge Genece Brinkley was... Read More

California Supreme Court Lets New Death Penalty Cases Proceed, Despite Moratorium
Criminal Justice
California Supreme Court Lets New Death Penalty Cases Proceed, Despite Moratorium

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected attempts from two men to block prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against them, indicating the court will not stop new death sentences from being imposed, even as Gov. Gavin... Read More

Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain
Criminal Justice
Appeals Court Says Ohio Execution Protocol Doesn’t Cause Unconstitutional Pain

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that just because an inmate feels like he’s being suffocated after a lethal injection, that doesn’t amount to cruel and unusual punishment. A three-judge panel of the court,... Read More

How Long Is a Life Sentence? For Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, a Philosophical Quandary
Criminal Justice
How Long Is a Life Sentence? For Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, a Philosophical Quandary

PHILADELPHIA — What’s the meaning of “life?” That’s a question Pennsylvania’s highest court will ponder Wednesday, as it follows other courts around the country in grappling with the question of how many years in prison constitute a life sentence. And... Read More

Woman Jailed for Illegal Voting Called ‘Pawn’ in War on Voter Rights
Voting
Woman Jailed for Illegal Voting Called ‘Pawn’ in War on Voter Rights

FORT WORTH, Texas — The legal team for a Texas woman sentenced to five years in prison for illegal voting in Tarrant County argued her conviction should be overturned at an appeal hearing Tuesday. Crystal Mason, 44, was arrested for... Read More

Majority of  Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
Immigration
Majority of Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
2019-09-05 20:49:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When it comes to opposition talking points, the myth that Democrats advocate for "open borders" is both the most preposterous -- and persistent -- assertion of the still-young 2020 campaign season. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-described... Read More

Trump Aide Testifies Against Attorney Accused of Foreign Lobbying Violations
Law
Trump Aide Testifies Against Attorney Accused of Foreign Lobbying Violations
2019-08-27 21:02:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors accused a high-powered Washington, D.C. lawyer in court this week of engaging in illegal foreign lobbying by helping to craft a report critical of the Ukraine’s former prime minister. Gregory Craig, White House counsel during the... Read More

Inmate Killed Herself One Day Before Parole Hearing. Now California Will Pay $1.5 Million
Criminal Justice
Inmate Killed Herself One Day Before Parole Hearing. Now California Will Pay $1.5 Million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Erika Rocha was 15 when she was accused of shooting the operator of a Southern California group home in February 1996. She was charged with attempted murder and set to be tried as an adult when she... Read More

America’s Correctional System Is Broken; Epstein’s Death Not Surprising, Union Official Says
Criminal Justice
America’s Correctional System Is Broken; Epstein’s Death Not Surprising, Union Official Says
2019-08-16 19:15:16
by HJ Mai

The apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has not only derailed the pursuit of justice for his alleged victims, it also highlighted a slew of problems within America’s federal prison system.  In the aftermath of Epstein’s death on... Read More

Congressmen Influenced Trump Into Backing Off Commuting Blagojevich’s Sentence
Law
Congressmen Influenced Trump Into Backing Off Commuting Blagojevich’s Sentence

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., confirmed he spoke with President Donald Trump and his acting chief of staff just before the president backed off of his consideration of commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’ prison sentence. Trump had brought up... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Combat Domestic Terrorism Threats
Guns
Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Combat Domestic Terrorism Threats
2019-08-06 20:27:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats announced its endorsement Tuesday of H.R. 1931, Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2019, a bill aimed at... Read More

Schumer Asks GOP to Cancel Vacation to Work On Gun Legislation
Guns
Schumer Asks GOP to Cancel Vacation to Work On Gun Legislation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is willing to forego his summer vacation to work on gun control legislation if freshly injured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — injured Sunday during a fall in his Louisville, K.Y., home — will join... Read More

Ohio Can’t Get Drugs For A New Execution Method, Governor Says
State News
Ohio Can’t Get Drugs For A New Execution Method, Governor Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday that state prison officials can’t find any company willing to supply drugs as an execution alternative to one that essentially has been declared cruel and unusual. He said he would talk... Read More

Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions
Criminal Justice
Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions
2019-07-25 21:52:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades. In a written statement, the Department said Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt... Read More

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