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‘Dead Man Walking’ author brings legal, moral argument to McQuaid students

Helen Prejean, the author of “Dead Man Walking,” speaks to McQuaid Jesuit High School students Monday morning to kick off Xavier Week at the school. (Provided photo)

Helen Prejean, the nun whose internationally recognized book, “Dead Man Walking,” inspired an Oscar-winning movie about the inhumanity of death sentences, preached her message to 900 youngsters and others at McQuaid Jesuit High School Monday morning. In a talk that telescoped ...

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Justice Department plans to restart capital punishment after long hiatus

In this Oct. 13, 1999 file photo, Ricky Bell, then warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison’s execution chamber. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law last week, allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain lethal injection drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions. AP Images

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration announced plans Thursday to resume executing federal prisoners awaiting the death penalty – ending a 16-year moratorium on the practice and setting the stage for fresh legal challenges. Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau ...

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Judge: No proof Trump’s words affected death penalty request

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NEW YORK (AP) — A judge refused Thursday to stop a death penalty prosecution against a man in a New York City bike path attack that killed eight people, saying there’s no proof President Donald Trump’s words affected the Justice ...

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Ohio juror voted for death 20 years ago, now seeks mercy

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ross Geiger had doubts about recommending a death sentence 20 years ago for a convicted Ohio killer, concerned about the impact of the offender’s tough childhood on his behavior. But ultimately, Geiger voted in favor of death ...

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Lawsuit says Neb. governor exceeded powers on death penalty

LINCOLN, Neb. — The 11 men on Nebraska’s death row can’t be executed because their death sentences were converted to life in prison when the state’s death penalty was repealed in 2015, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The American ...

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Texas death row inmate who won at high court gets life term

HOUSTON — A black Texas prison inmate who earlier this year won a U.S. Supreme Court order for a new punishment hearing because his death sentence may have been tainted by references to race has accepted a life prison term ...

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Condemned Ohio killer of 2 wants September execution delayed

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned killer of two people scheduled to die in less than a month is challenging Ohio’s lethal injection method as well as the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty law. Death row inmate Gary Otte is ...

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Denying the death penalty

FILE - In this May 3, 2016 file photo, candles burn at a makeshift memorial for Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation southwest of Farmington, N.M. The man who admitted to killing the Navajo girl, faces life in prison without parole. Ashlynne Mike’s mother has been urging the tribe to opt in to the death penalty, particularly for crimes that involve children. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz, File)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — In a heinous case on the Navajo Nation, an 11-year-old girl was lured into a van, sexually assaulted and killed. The tribe did not seek to have the man who recently admitted to killing her put to ...

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