death penalty

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

3/3/14 Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine
Oligarchs
Venezuela
SCOTUS IQ
CA Pot Plan

New England News
4:59 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Death Row Inmate Challenging New CT Law

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court for the second time has heard arguments that the recent repeal of the state's death penalty should also apply to the 10 inmates currently on death row.

The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the appeal of Daniel Webb, who is awaiting execution for the 1989 kidnapping and murder of bank executive Diane Gellenbeck.

Webb's lawyers argue that repealing capital punishment only for future crimes violates Webb's constitutional rights to equal protection by treating him differently than other defendants.

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WAMC News
7:41 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Suspect In Boston Marathon Bombing Indicted

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Authorities say Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a 15-count state indictment related to the death of a police officer and a police shootout.

That's in addition to a 30-count federal indictment returned by a federal grand jury Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and state officials said at a news conference that they're thinking of the three people killed and 260 people injured when two bombs exploded April 15 near the finish line.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

4/24/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• The Death Penalty
• Miranda Rights
• Surveillance and Privacy
• Justice in the era of the 24-Hour news cycle

Hudson Valley News
7:37 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

State Senator Defends Tweet, Calls For Death Penalty for Cop Killers

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Following the Boston Marathon bombings, a New York state Senator is renewing his call for the death penalty. He also says he’s not opposed to torture, under certain circumstances, and is standing by a tweet that made national headlines.

Following the capture of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Republican state Senator from the Hudson Valley Greg Ball tweeted Friday night, quote “So, scumbag #2 in custody. Who wouldn’t use torture on this punk to save more lives?”

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Conn. Supreme Court takes up death penalty appeal

Connecticut’s Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the recent repeal of the state’s death penalty applies only to future defendants.

The state's highest court granted a request on Thursday by Eduardo Santiago to challenge the repeal's impact on those who committed capital crimes before the law was passed. He was convicted in a murder-for-hire plot that promised him a broken snowmobile.

The death penalty was repealed in April, but it was preserved for 11 inmates on death row and for pending cases.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

5 CT Inmates Challenging Death Penalty

Connecticut death row inmates who have sued the state to get their sentences overturned argue that race and geographic bias played a part in their prosecution. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more….

Five of the 11 men on Connecticut's death row are plaintiffs. They claim their penalty was arbitrary and discriminatory.

Their lawsuit went to trial Wednesday at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers.

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New England News
7:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

CT Abolishes State’s Death Penalty

Connecticut's governor has signed a new law that abolishes the state's death penalty for future crimes. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

A spokeswoman says Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill Wednesday afternoon at a private ceremony with lawmakers, clergy and family members of victims.

Malloy issued a statement calling it "an historic moment" as Connecticut joins 16 other states that have abolished capital punishment. He said it was a moment "for sober reflection, not celebration."

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New England News
8:21 am
Fri April 6, 2012

CT On Track to be 17th State Sans Death Penalty

Connecticut is on track to become the fifth state in five years to abolish the death penalty amid what supporters say is a growing national sentiment against executing prisoners.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The state Senate approved a repeal bill 20-16 early Thursday. It now goes to the House of Representatives, where lawmakers say the legislation has strong support.
Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has said he will sign it into law.

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