Supreme Court won’t review homeless camping ban in Idaho

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not review an appellate decision that makes it harder for cities to keep homeless people from sleeping on the streets. The justices on Monday did not comment as they left in place a ruling that struck down a Boise, Idaho, ordinance. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit […]

Lawyers fight death penalty for synagogue shooting suspect

Lawyers for the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people in Pittsburgh have challenged his potential death sentence as unconstitutional. Lawyers for Robert Bowers argued in court papers filed this week that capital punishment violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. They also […]

California killer Lawrence Bittaker dies in prison at 79

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker, one of the “Tool Box Killers” who preyed on teenage girls in Southern California 40 years ago, has died of natural causes, state corrections officials said Monday. Bittaker and accomplice Roy Lewis North kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered five girls in 1979. Their nickname came from the […]

In Tennessee, inmates opt for electric chair over injection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The inmate’s request was a surprising one, made three days before he was to be executed in October 2018: Edmund Zagorski told the state of Tennessee he’d rather die in the electric chair than receive a lethal injection. Some took the request as a ploy to buy time. Defense attorney Kelley […]

Mississippi felons push court to restore voting rights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man at the center of a Mississippi case aimed at restoring the voting rights of felons said Tuesday that he is fighting on behalf of everyone like him who “made a mistake in life.” Dennis Hopkins spoke after judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard […]

Alabama inmate spared by dementia argument dies on death row

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate spared from execution by questions over whether dementia had erased memories of his crime has died on death row at the age of 69, state officials said Monday. Vernon Madison spent more than three decades on Alabama’s death row for the killing of a police officer in 1985. […]

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