Tag Archives: capital punishment
Soccer Moms Turned P.I.’s: No, this isn’t some strange Lifetime Channel movie; but the story will only be online through SaturdayScott Peterson Turns 40: What life is like for one of America’s most famous wife killers (earlier updates)Were Kate Middleton’s Topless Photos an “Inside Job”? (And how odd is it … Continue reading
In yet another argument against California having a death penalty at all, Scott Peterson filed an automatic appeal of his sentence last week: claiming not only that he’s innocent, but that his trial was marred by incorrect evidentiary rulings and “overwhelming publicity.” His attorney argues that the trial, already moved … Continue reading
Gotta love this. This week’s New Yorker cover references, of course, New York City’s plan to ban the sale of large cups of soda Venezuela Uses Mimes to Enforce Traffic Laws: Nothing really more to say about that, is there? Death Row Suicide Highlights Execution Delays — This is the … Continue reading
Friday Morning Miscellany: Kindergarten Psychopaths, How to Prepare for a Police Line-Up, and NFL Lawsuits
Can a psychopath be identified as early as kindergarten? And then what? Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man? Yes, according to a just-published book How to Prepare For a Police Line-Up: This segment is part of a podcast, which will only be online for a few more days Could class-action … Continue reading
Where did the United States rank in executions in 2011, among world nations? The complete rankings and additional information This article, and all articles on this site, are © 2012 by Bill Bickel unless otherwise noted.
(The question was asked here) The United States as a whole executed 43 people in 2011, ranking either 5th or 6th according to Amnesty International statistics. The United States is the only western nation in which executions are carried out, and statistics for the others are less precise: Yemen executed … Continue reading
Arizona Supreme Court Strikes Down Killer’s Death Sentence Because the Murders Weren’t Heinous Enough
Tuesday (March 27), in an example of how legal language often conflicts with real-world language, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously threw out James Granvil Wallace’s death sentences for the 1984 murders of Gabriel and Anna Insalaco, aged 12 and 16 respectively. The children were both bludgeoned to death, hit at … Continue reading
Hamilton County (Ohio) prosecutor Joe Deters, in response to Ohio Supreme Court justice Paul Pfeifer’s recent comment that the death penalty system is “broken” and should be scrapped, sent out letters to prosecutors and judges across the state questioning whether Justice Pfeifer can be “fair to both sides,” and suggested … Continue reading
If you say “I’m against the death penalty — but in his case…”, you’re not against the death penalty: you’re just haggling over price.
Sticks and Stones? Under a proposed British law, words alone can constitute domestic abuse What Bernard Goetz regrets about the death of one of his “victims” This article leaves out an important fact: Goetz shot his would-be muggers in a New York City subway in 1984, when New York City … Continue reading