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Clemency hearing set for man facing execution in Georgia

Oct. 18, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's parole board plans to hold a hearing to weigh whether to grant clemency for a man scheduled to be executed for the killing of a convenience store clerk more than three decades ago. Ray Jefferson Cromartie is scheduled to be put to death Oct. 30. He was convicted of murder and...

Prison officials ask to toss lawsuit on execution access

Oct. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims prison officials are unconstitutionally limiting public access to executions in Virginia. The lawsuit filed last month by four news organizations alleges that the department is violating...

Court won't reconsider judge's bid to handle execution cases

Oct. 17, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider a request by a judge who demonstrated against the death penalty to resume hearing execution cases. Justices on Thursday denied Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's request that the court take another look at its Sept. 19...

Alabama releases copy of execution procedures

Oct. 16, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Wednesday made its execution protocol public after being ordered to do so by a federal judge. The Alabama Department of Corrections filed a redacted copy of its execution procedure with the federal court following a legal fight with news outlets over the release of the...

Convicted killer gives glimpse of life on federal death row

Oct. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Chadrick Fulks will one day be strapped to a gurney and given a lethal injection. The government will kill him because of his crimes. That day moved closer to reality months ago. "Am I scared to be executed?" Fulks wrote in a letter to The Sun News, "No, not at this point. I'm...

Parole system could see changes after review of murder cases

Oct. 12, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An internal review of Pennsylvania's parole system spurred by five parolees getting charged in quick succession with homicide is, in theory, acknowledging a long-standing complaint of parole agents over a long-term policy shift designed to help more parolees succeed on the outside....

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 11, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT We need to stop calling the pattern of sex abuse in the Catholic Church a travesty. It was a criminal conspiracy and the state hasn't done enough to hold the guilty accountable. Hartford Courant Oct. 6 The latest revelations about sexual abuse aren't new but they...

2 charged in Kansas bar shooting roamed free, despite past

Oct. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two convicted felons facing criminal charges over a Kansas bar shooting that killed four people and wounded five others had previous brushes with the law that could have kept them behind bars had judges and other officials made different decisions, according to a review of court...

Death row inmate's attorneys say appeal ignores justice

Oct. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abudur'Rahman said Friday that the state attorney general is valuing "proceduralism over justice" with an attempt to scuttle a resentencing agreement. Brad MacLean, who has defended Abudur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) for more than...

Deal reached to treat 17-year-old offenders as juveniles

Oct. 10, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislative committee on Thursday backed bipartisan bills that would raise the age at which criminal defendants would be automatically treated as adults, following a compromise to resolve funding and other issues. The unanimous votes suggest the bills will ultimately...