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JUL 26, 2014 - Washington Times

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Arkansas AG's office argues death penalty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An assistant Arkansas attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional. Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Merritt said in a brief filed Friday that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ...

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JUL 25, 2014 - American Prospect

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Can Liberalism Survive the Obama Presidency? (Yes, It Can.)

It isn’t hard to find discontent with Barack Obama on the left, so long as you know where to look. The list of particulars is both specific (National Security Agency spying, drone assassinations, toothless Wall Street reforms, flirtations with a “grand bargain” to reduce entitlements, huge numbers of deportations) and general (not enough fighting spirit). The promise of 2008 was ...

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JUL 25, 2014 - Huffington Post

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'The Worst Of The Worst' Aren't The Only Ones Who Get Executed (INFOGRAPHIC)

A new study suggests that the people put to death in America are hardly the worst of the worst offenders. The study, published in Hastings Law Journal, looked at 100 executions between 2012 and 2013. Some of the most striking results are displayed in the graphic. Story continues below ... Robert Smith, the study's lead researcher and an assistant professor ...

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JUL 24, 2014 - Huffington Post

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More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study

A majority of the 100 executed inmates examined in a new study by three legal researchers had “a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or psychosis.” Yet, because of an oddity in the Supreme Court’s death penalty cases, it is typically constitutional under existing precedents to execute people with these illnesses.

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JUL 24, 2014 - Huffington Post

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John McCain On Botched Execution Of Arizona Inmate Joseph Wood: 'That's Torture'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) weighed in on the botched execution of Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood, saying the 2-hour long procedure amounted to "torture." Wood, who was sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her father, was was injected with an untested combination of lethal substances at the Arizona State Prison Complex on Wednesday. ...

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