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Another Reason to Oppose the Death Penalty – No more death Penalty.

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Another Reason to Oppose the Death Penalty

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No more death Penalty.
New research finds a convict is more likely to be sentenced to death if he has an untrustworthy face.
Death chamber and electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in 1923. (Photo: Everett Historical/Shutterstock)
Death chamber and electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in 1923. (Photo: Everett Historical/Shutterstock)

If you support the death penalty, in spite of the many compelling arguments to the contrary, you must concede it is only morally acceptable if carried out in a fundamentally fair way. Surely the decision to impose this most final of punishments must not be subject to the biases or whims of jurors or jurists.

Well, newly published research suggests who lives and who dies is determined, to a significant degree, by gut-level instinct. It finds the decision to impose a death sentence is based in part on a completely irrational construct: Whether the convict has what is…

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‘Capital punishment must end’ – Catholic publications unite in rare joint statement :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

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‘Capital punishment must end’ – Catholic publications unite in rare joint statement :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Four U.S. Catholic publications with a broad range of audiences have come together in a joint editorial citing Church leaders in calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States.

“Capital punishment must end,” stated a March 5 editorial by America magazine, the National Catholic Register, the National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor.

The death penalty is both “abhorrent and unnecessary,” the publications said, arguing that the practice of capital punishment drains resources in court battles that would be “better deployed in preventing crime in the first place and working toward restorative justice for those who commit less heinous crimes.”

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Jury can’t decide whether Jodi Arias should be executed for murderering her boyfriend — mistrial declared

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PHOENIX — A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the Jodi Arias sentencing case after a jury deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008.

The decision removes the death penalty as an option and leaves the judge to sentence Arias to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years.

Family members of victim Travis Alexander wept when the judge said jurors couldn’t reach a decision. They sobbed as they left the courtroom, with one covering her eyes as she walked out. Arias’ mother, Sandra, received a hug from a friend.

It marked the second time a jury was unable to reach a decision on her punishment — a disappointment for prosecutors who argued for the death penalty during the nearly seven-year legal battle.

Arias’ 2013 trial became a…

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Benjamin Levin, who was also a university professor, entered a guilty plea for making written child pornography, counselling a person to commit a sexual assault, and possession of child

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Former Manitoba bureaucrat pleads guilty to child porn charges

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Benjamin Levin.

Toronto Police Service

TORONTO – A man who was once a top bureaucrat in Manitoba, and Ontario’s deputy minister of education has pleaded guilty to three child pornography-related charges in a Toronto court.

Benjamin Levin, who was also a university professor, entered a guilty plea for making written child pornography, counselling a person to commit a sexual assault, and possession of child
pornography.

He was originally charged with seven child-pornography-related offences.

The investigation that led to Levin’s July 2013 arrest began in mid-2012 after officials in Toronto were contacted by authorities in New Zealand and later police in London, Ont.

Levin served as Manitoba’s deputy minister of advanced education and deputy minister of education, training and youth between 1999 and 2002.

From late 2004 to early…

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First woman to be executed in 70 years in Georgia seeks clemency

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JACKSON, Georgia – The only woman on death row in the state of Georgia will become the first female to be executed in 70 years in the state Monday unless the U.S. Supreme Court or the state parole board steps in with a last-minute reprieve.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, is scheduled to die by injection of pentobarbital at 7 p.m. (0GMT) at the state prison in Jackson for the February 1997 murder of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner.

The courts found she plotted the stabbing death of her husband by her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, who will be up for parole in eight years after accepting a life sentence and testifying against her.

READ MORE: States consider firing squads, gas chambers after botched injections

Gissendaner would be only the 16th American woman put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to resume in 1976. About 1,400 men have…

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11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Jails In America

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11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Jails In America

A new report by the Vera Institute of Justice that shows just how costly jail stays can be for inmates, for their communities, and for taxpayers.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit Vera Institute for Justice published a new report on the state of jails in the United States.

Based on a large-scale analysis of government statistics, original research, and a review of existent literature, the report found that many more people pass through local jails than through federal prisons.

It also found that a large percentage of jail inmates come from marginalized populations, that they often remain in jail simply because of lack of money, and that even a short stint behind bars can have profound negative effects on a person’s life.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. There are…

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