Death Penalty

4:15pm

Mon June 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Woman Freed In Indiana Was A Convict On Death Row At 16

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:46 pm

Paula Cooper was freed from prison Monday, nearly three decades after being sentenced to death for murder. She's seen here in a 1985 police photo.
Lake County PD AP

Paula Cooper, 43, left prison Monday morning, decades after she became America's youngest resident of death row at age 16. She had confessed to the 1985 murder of Bible studies teacher Ruth Pelke, 78, in Gary, Ind. Cooper's death sentence was commuted in 1989, after widespread appeals for mercy.

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11:34am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Federal Judge To Face Rare Review Over Controversial Remarks

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:09 pm

This undated photo provided by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shows Judge Edith Jones.
Anonymous Court of Appeals via AP

The story of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones involves a controversial speech to the Federalist Society, calls of racism, last-ditch efforts to stop an execution and now a rare formal disciplinary review by the Judicial Council of the District of Columbia Circuit.

The case has been bubbling for the past couple of weeks. It's complicated, but interesting, so we'll tell you about it in chronological order.

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4:51pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Jury Finds Jodi Arias Eligible For Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 7:36 pm

Jodi Arias reacts during the reading of the verdict at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on May 8.
Associated Press

A jury has found Jodi Arias, the Arizona woman found guilty last week of first-degree murder for killing her onetime boyfriend in a fit of rage, eligible for the death penalty.

The Associated Press reports: "The decision came after a day of testimony Wednesday during which prosecutors had to prove the murder was committed in an especially cruel and heinous manner."

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5:52am

Wed May 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Bombing: No Death Penalty If Suspect Cooperates?

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:51 am

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in an undated photo released by the FBI.
FBI.gov

Following up on word there have been discussions between lawyers for Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal investigators about sparing him from the possibility of the death penalty if he provides valuable information about the attacks, NPR counterterrorism correspondent

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3:46pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

James Holmes' Attorneys Say He's Willing To Plead Guilty To Avoid Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:12 pm

James Holmes in a photo from the Arapahoe County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office.
AP

The attorneys for James Holmes, who is alleged to have walked into a crowded Colorado movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 and wounding nearly 60, say he is willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Colorado's 9 News reports that his defense attorneys made the offer public in a two-page filing that says the prosecution has yet to accept the offer because "it may choose to pursue the death penalty."

9 News adds:

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