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By Patt MorrisonThe cases of two convicted murderers, within the space of 48 hours, made it clear that California’s handling of capital cases may need a wee bit of tweaking. On Friday, death row inmate Richard Ramirez died. He was the notorious "Night Stalker,"...
So what was all this about a voter referendum or two? Opponents of a pair of controversial measures backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved this year by the Maryland General Assembly — a repeal of the death penalty and landmark gun control...
Tags: Referenda, Pocomoke City, Government, Laws, Elections
Editor: I am distressed and saddened that the death penalty repeal is not being brought to referendum because not enough signatures were secured in the short amount of time provided to do so. As the relative of a murder victim I would have liked the...
Tags: Referenda, Punishment, Politics
In the summer of 1987, sleep deprived from a 48-hour cocaine bender, a Miami bank robber named William Van Poyck hatched a last-minute plan. A prison break. Quick. Easy. He enlisted an accomplice, fellow bank robber Frank Valdes, and they drove to...
Tags: Lawyers, Dermatologists, Skin Cancer, Criminals, Murder
Florida is the state most likely to send the wrong person to death row. Twenty-four times since the mid-1970s, we have sentenced an innocent person to death. Twenty-four times. No other state has racked up more exonerations. So tell us again why we need...
The death penalty debate in Maryland is finally over. This spring's decision by the General Assembly to replace the death penalty with life without parole was cemented last week, when right-wing activists failed to muster enough signatures to force the...
Tags: NAACP, John Hickenlooper, Environmental Issues, Punishment, FBI
firstname.lastname@example.orgOpponents of a measure to repeal the death penalty in Maryland said Friday they fell short of their goal to collect enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot in the 2014 election. Del. Neil C. Parrott, one of the leaders of the effort, said...
SAN FRANCISCO — California may be stymied for years to come in its efforts to resume executions as a result of a new court ruling, bureaucratic requirements and difficulty obtaining lethal injection drugs, advocates on both sides of the death...
Tags: Lawyers, Government, Prosecution, Politics, Trials
The Baltimore SunActivists who worked to repeal the death penalty anxiously awaited news Friday that their efforts would not be overturned by a successful petition drive. "It sounds like they're going to announce that they don't have the signatures," said Jane...
SAN FRANCISCO — No inmate has been executed in California since 2006, and a ruling Thursday by a state appeals court is likely to further delay executions for years. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal unanimously decided...
Tags: Judges, AEG, Punishment, Justice System, Prisons
Why are our legislators so slow to pass laws that save lives? According to the article "Holiday brings FHP seat-belt crackdown" in Thursday's Sentinel, it took years to push the seat-belt law, which has saved thousands of lives, from a secondary offense...
To me, the job of the city commissioners is to speak for the citizens of Winter Park and protect and improve the quality of life in the city. I think they should all resign from their jobs as commissioners. Clearly, they are not doing their job. How...
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