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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old man was sentenced to death Tuesday for raping, torturing and fatally stabbing an 84-year-old widow after breaking into her Anaheim home. Authorities said Anthony Darnell Wade drank champagne and smoked a cigar as he left the crime scene. Wade, a Los Angeles resident, broke into the home of Bessie Whyman through a broken window on January 2010 and attacked her. He raped Whyman and bound her hands and feet before punching and kicking her, according to Orange County prosecutors.
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NATIONAL
November 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Larry Flynt wants to stop Missouri from executing the man whose bullet put the publisher of Hustler magazine in a wheelchair for life. Over the weekend, Flynt and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to force the state to release documents on how the state determines the process by which it kills prisoners. Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20. Missouri last month delayed the execution of convicted murderer Allen Nicklasson after the German manufacturer of the drug propofol objected to its use in the deadly mixture of drugs designed to execute inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A mother accused of poisoning her two children in a Santa Ana motel room in September will be arraigned Friday on two felony counts of special circumstances murder, Orange County prosecutors said. Marilyn Kay Edge, 42, of Scottsdale, Ariz., lost custody of her two children days before they were found dead in a Hampton Inn room. A judge in Georgia had ordered her turn Jaelen, 13, and Faith, 10, over to their father, who lives in that state.  Instead, prosecutors said, she picked them up in Arizona, where they lived, told them they were going on vacation and drove to California.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider taking another step toward limiting the use of the death penalty, this time by trying to clarify the legal standard for who is ineligible for the ultimate punishment because of mental disability. At issue is whether states such as Florida may disqualify anyone who scores above 70 on an IQ test. A score below 70 generally indicates mental disability. The justices agreed to hear the case of Freddie Hall, a Florida death row inmate who killed two people in 1978, but who was described as mentally disabled when he was a child and was deemed to be mentally retarded by the judge who sentenced him to die. Three years ago, Florida prosecutors said Hall had scored a 71 on a Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale test and therefore could be executed for his crimes.
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to clarify the legal standard for mental disability in the case of a Florida death row inmate who is illiterate and was once judged to be severely mentally disabled.   The justices in 2002 struck down imposing the death penalty for murderers who are mentally disabled, ruling this was cruel and unusual punishment. However, the court did not set a clear standard for mental disability and left the states some leeway in the matter. Now, the court will decide whether states may rely entirely on a single IQ test.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
When Californians aren't soaking in their hot tubs, spreading free love or engaging in other sybaritic activities, they're harvesting their macrobiotic sprouts and medical marijuana and getting their auras adjusted. As for politics, the state is blue as the Pacific and so far left it would fall off the edge of the continent if the ocean wasn't there to buoy it up. Or so, at least, much of the rest of the country perceives the Golden State and its kooky, sun-baked citizenry. Like many caricatures, there is, at root, some truth to the cartoonish depiction.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Although Texas executes far more prisoners than any other state, Los Angeles and three other Southern California counties lead the nation in sentencing convicts to die, according to a report released Wednesday. Los Angeles County had 228 inmates on death row at the start of the year, more than double that of second-place Harris County, Texas. Riverside, Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties also ranked in the top 12, as did Alameda and Sacramento counties. In all, seven of the top 12 were in California.
NATIONAL
September 23, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Federal prosecutors tangled in court Monday with defense lawyers for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over the government's timeline to make a decision on whether to seek the death penalty in the case.  Both Tsarnaev's defense attorneys and the U.S. District Attorney for Boston are required to submit information to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. about whether the government should pursue a capital case against Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction in the twin bombings that killed three and injured 260 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. At Monday's status hearing, the defense said it needed more time to submit its argument against the death penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Anh Do
A woman accused of fatally poisoning her two children after luring them to California with the promise of going to Disneyland told an Orange County judge she wanted the death penalty. During a hearing in Superior Court, Marilyn Edge asked Judge Craig Robison on Tuesday to give her the death penalty when he asked her if she had any objection to having her arraignment postponed, officials from the Orange County district attorney's office said Wednesday. The arraignment was pushed back to Oct. 25. Edge, 42, faces two counts of murder in the deaths of her daughter Faith, 10, and son Jaelen, 13. Edge, a Scottsdale, Ariz., resident, rammed her vehicle into steel poles behind a Home Depot store in Costa Mesa on Saturday in an apparent attempt to commit suicide, according to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Anh Do
A woman accused of fatally poisoning her two children after luring them to California with the promise of going to Disneyland told an Orange County judge that she wanted the death penalty. During a hearing in Superior Court on Tuesday, Marilyn Edge asked Judge Craig Robison to give her the death penalty when he asked her if she had any objection to having her arraignment postponed, officials from the Orange County district attorney's office said Wednesday. The arraignment was pushed back to Oct. 25. Edge, 42, faces two counts of murder in the deaths of her daughter Faith, 10, and son Jaelen, 13. Edge, a Scottsdale, Ariz., resident, rammed her vehicle into steel poles behind a Home Depot in Costa Mesa on Saturday in an apparent attempt to commit suicide, according to police.
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