October 20, 2013
Zero-tolerance maintains order Grant Calder's plea to the 32 remaining states with capital punishment on the books to see the folly and primitivism of execution is another insular, ivory-tower plea ("The execution standard," Oct. 9). The death penalty exists not as a deterrent or as a societal expression of vengeance, but as a bold line of law pertaining to social order. It very clearly states there are crimes so heinous, so reprehensible and devoid of human conscience that we, as a society, will not tolerate them or their perpetrators.
October 9, 2013 |
The two accused shooters in the 2011 slaying of Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro were found guilty Monday of both first- and second-degree murder in Bucks County Court. Breon Powell, 22, and Kazair Gist, 19, were accused of entering DeGennaro's home in December 2011 and firing at him during a botched robbery attempt. Powell's shotgun blast struck DeGennaro in the chest, the prosecution said, while Gist fired a handgun that missed. DeGennaro died that night. Monday's verdict came after a five-week trial that featured about 30 witnesses, according to Assistant District Attorney Matthew Weintraub.
July 26, 2013
CLEVELAND - Deep plea-deal discussions hinging on the death penalty were underway yesterday for a man charged with kidnapping three women, keeping them cooped up in his run-down home and raping them repeatedly for about a decade, and a court hearing was scheduled for today. Both sides in the case against former school-bus driver Ariel Castro are headed back to court this morning before a judge who wants to be kept updated on the talks, Castro's attorney said. The sticking point in the plea talks for Castro, whose trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 5, has been whether the prosecutor would rule out the death penalty as demanded by the defense.
July 18, 2013 |
PHOENIX - A new jury could be impaneled to decide whether Jodi Arias should be sentenced to death or life in prison sometime in late September, a judge said Tuesday, as attorneys continue to file motions and keep mum on any talk of a deal to resolve the case without another trial. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the stabbing and shooting death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. About two weeks later, the same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on her sentence.
July 17, 2013 |
FORT HOOD, Texas - Prosecutors asked Monday that three Army officers be dismissed as potential jurors in the murder trial of the Fort Hood shooting suspect because of their views on the death penalty. Six potential jurors - four colonels and two lieutenant colonels - were brought in from Army posts nationwide and overseas as questioning continued in the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. The Army psychiatrist faces execution or life in prison without parole if convicted in the 2009 rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded on the Texas Army post.
July 10, 2013 |
In a deal to avoid the death penalty, a Bucks County man pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and killing his former girlfriend in 2010. The agreement was spawned by Kenneth Patterson's willingness - after more than two years - to tell authorities where he hid the body of Diane Corado, whom he had beaten with a metal pipe. Patterson, 50, will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. "This is definitely a heinous crime," Bucks County First Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry told reporters after the sentencing.
July 9, 2013 |
ALMOST EXACTLY 20 years ago, I became the first death-row prisoner in the United States to clear my name through DNA evidence. The crime for which I was convicted was the brutal rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl named Dawn Hamilton. My community in Maryland was devastated and needed someone to blame, so the district attorney's office built a capital case against me based on a few flimsy pieces of so-called evidence. My arrest followed my neighbor's call to the police, in which she claimed that I resembled the sketch shown on TV - a sketch that had been crafted through the eyewitness accounts of two young boys.
June 27, 2013 |
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the United States in nearly three years. McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating, and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
June 20, 2013 |
Three motions filed this week in Montgomery County Court suggest some of the arguments defense attorneys will make in the case of a man charged with killing a baby and her grandmother last year at the King of Prussia apartment complex where they all lived. The charges against Raghunandan Yandamuri, 27, include two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and kidnapping for ransom. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty in the case.
June 18, 2013
Jim Holshouser, 78, who was North Carolina's first Republican governor of the 20th century, died Monday. In a statement released by Gov. Pat McCrory's office, Mr. Holshouser's family said he had been in declining health. Mr. Holshouser was a state legislator who became North Carolina's youngest governor at 38 when he was swept into office by President Richard Nixon's 1972 electoral landslide. He served a single term. He is remembered for establishing rural health clinics, laying the plan for a criminal justice information system, and reorganizing state government.