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BREAKING NEWS (8/25): The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has STAYED the execution of Nicaraguan foreign national Bernard Tercero. scheduled for Aug. 26. The stay will permit Tercero to litigate a claim that a lead prosecution witness testified falsely in his case.

CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN DEATH PENALTY

On August 13, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court (4-3) held that the state's death penalty was in violation of the state's constitution, especially in light of the state legislature's prospective repeal of the death penalty in 2012. The ruling means that the death sentences of those who were not covered by the legislative repeal will now have those sentences reduced to life. Excerpts from the main opinion follow:

"[W]e are persuaded that, following its prospective abolition, this state’s death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose."

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BREAKING NEWS (8/25):  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has STAYED the execution of Nicaraguan foreign national Bernard Tercero. scheduled for Aug. 26. The stay will permit Tercero to litigate a claim that a lead prosecution witness testified falsely in his case.

NEWS (8/13):  T

he Connecticut Supreme Court

has ruled in State v. Santiago  that the death penalty violates the state constitution, overturning the death sentences of the 11 men remaining on death row after the state's 2012 prospective repeal.

NEWS (8/12):  Texas has executed Daniel Lee Lopez. He is the 19th death-row prisoner executed in the U.S. this year and the 10th execution by Texas.

NEWS (8/11):  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has STAYED the execution of Tracy Beatty. scheduled for Aug. 13. His attorneys raised questions about ineffective representation.

NEWS (8/7).  The jury in James Holmes' capital trial for the Aurora, CO, movie theater shooting determined after nearly 7 hours of deliberation that it would not reach a unanimous sentencing verdict. As a result, under Colorado law, Holmes will be sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

 NEWS (8/6). Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed a bill removing a requirement that doctors facilitate lethal injections and mandating secrecy regarding the source of the drugs used in executions. A doctor must still certify that the inmate has died. The new law also removes the execution process from ordinary rule making, which requires public input on changes to the regulatons. The state has not had an execution since 2006.

Source: www.deathpenaltyinfo.org

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