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Time to repeal Maryland death penalty?

Apparently there is growing momentum in Maryland to abolish the death penalty: I would like to thank The Sun for encouraging Gov. Martin O’Malley to address the issue of abolishing Maryland’s death penalty (“Next up: death penalty,” Dec. 2 ). While Governor O’Malley might have high political aspirations when he leaves office in two years, he has important unfinished business…read more →

While Virginia Gun Sales are up Gun Crime is down

An impromtu research project by the Times Dispatch of Richmond Virginia shows that while gun sales in Virginia are up the gun crime rate has gone down. This is being used by Gun Advocates as an argument that increased gun sales do not lead to an increase in gun crime as many Gun Opponents tend to argue. It is important…read more →

Chicago police “code of silence” Condemned by the Feds

Even after Obama wins a second term to office the windy city cannot catch a break. Today the news is about a federal court ruling against the Chicago Police after covering up one of their own beating a bartender: Bartender Karina Obrycka was awarded $850,000 by a federal jury on Tuesday. Obrycka sued the police department and former police officer…read more →

Ninth Circuit sets aside longest serving death row inmate’s sentence

One of the first people convicted under California’s death penalty after it was re-established in 1978 has been vacated and will probably end up with life in prison. The ruling followed a lower courts ruling that Douglas Ray Stankewitz’s initial lawyer had failed to complete the most basic of background investigations of his client, namely that he had been abused…read more →

Study shows crime prevention starts with early education

It seems pretty straight forward: give a kid a good education and they will be less likely to have trouble with the law. Fortunately someone also took the time to do a study about this and now we know that if you give a kid a good education especially early in life they will be less likely to end up…read more →

Esteban Nunez Sentence: Judge Rules Arnold Schwarzenegger Didn’t Break The Law

A Sacramento County superior court judge ruled Friday that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t break any laws when he cut the manslaughter sentence for the son of a political ally just hours before leaving office last year. Judge Lloyd Connelly called Schwarzenegger’s decision to reduce Esteban Nunez’s sentence from 16 years to seven years distasteful and “repugnant to the bulk…read more →

Zimmerman given permission to leave county to see lawyers

The former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin can leave the county where he lives so he can meet with his attorneys, a judge said Friday. Judge Kenneth Lester said he will adjust George Zimmerman’s bond terms so he can have easier access to his lawyers. The terms of Zimmerman’s $1 million bond…read more →

Murder in Arizona – 10 years of FBI data

The Wall Street Journal created a nifty webpage that uses FBI data on Murder in America, excluding Florida, for the 10 years between 2000 and 2010: Murder in America: Explore an interactive database of killings committed in the U.S. from 2000 to 2010. You can sort by the race and sex of killer and victim, the circumstances of the killing,…read more →

Right to counsel in Atkins leads to review of initial trail

In a wild twist of court procedure a death row inmate ended up having his case sent back to re-sentencing after requesting a review of his Atkins proceeding. Initially Victor Hooks wanted the state to reconsider its ruling that he was not mentally retarded in a 2004 ruling based on his ineffective counsel in the proceedings. The state argued that…read more →

Mass Gov set to sign Crime Bill barring parole for some

A crime bill for the state of Massachusetts which bars parole for three-time violent felons is set to signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. The crime bill went back and forth between the Governors office and the Legislature as they compromised on different aspects of the mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders. As states work to balance putting some…read more →

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