The death penalty may be on its death bed.
The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate Tuesday night has temporarily halted planned executions in that state, but the horrifying death of Clayton Locket is only the most recent in a series of executions to illustrate that lethal injection is not a humane alternative to options like the electric chair or firing squad. With crime rates dropping across the U.S., states abolishing capital punishment, and drug companies abandoning the execution market – forcing the creation of secret and unproven drug combinations – the fight to end the death penalty may have reached a tipping point. Continue reading
A lawyer for a murder defendant in South Carolina is asking a judge to order the victim’s mother and other family members to stop posting about the teen’s death on Facebook.
Lawyer Charles Grose represents Michael Beaty Jr., 30, who is accused of strangling 19-year-old Emily Asbill at a June party in Clinton, South Carolina. Last month Grose asked Judge Eugene Griffith Jr. to extend a gag order covering the lawyers to the victim’s mother and other family members, report the Associated Press and the Clinton Chronicle.
Grose said comments by Asbill’s mother, Emily Joy, at a rally in Greenwood and on Facebook could prevent his client from getting a fair trial. His motion includes links to Facebook posts with pictures of Asbill, requests for prayers, and links to stories about domestic violence, AP says. The Greenwood rally was titled “No More Lies & Bruises.” Continue reading
A Michigan lawyer is in stable condition after he was shot by a man who came to his door and pretended to be a police officer.
David Neil Zacks, 57, was shot Wednesday evening at his Bloomfield Hills home, report the Associated Press, the Detroit News and the Oakland Press. He dialed 911 and was taken to a hospital where he had emergency surgery for his wounds.
Police say they don’t think the shooting was a random act.
Zacks told police the suspect rang his doorbell and said he was a police officer. Zacks refused to let the man enter his home and threatened to call police. The man fired several times as Zacks closed his door. Continue reading
By Victor Li
The U.S. Department of Education has released a list of 55 colleges and universities which are being investigated over the way they handle sexual-assault complaints.
This is the first time that the Department of Education has disclosed such a comprehensive list of institutions under investigation for alleged violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, reports the New York Times. The law prohibits schools that receive federal funding of discriminating against students by gender. Continue reading