Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:39 pm
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.
Sotomayor wrote a 12-page dissent when her colleagues refused to review the state's law that allows judges to overrule jury decisions on whether a defendant should be executed. She called it "an outlier" that might contradict the Constitution.
A television photographer films pictures displayed at a news conference in Seattle, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, of homemade bombs and other items found in the apartment of Christopher Monfort, the man accused of killing Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton in 2009.
The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that King County prosecutors can seek the death penalty against accused police killer Christopher Monfort.
Monfort is charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of Seattle police officer Tim Brenton four years ago. The high court also wrote that a King County judge improperly intruded on the prosecutor’s discretion to pursue a capital case.
Darlene Selland still remembers the day she found out: the knock, being told to sit down. Her niece Tiffany had been murdered. For a long time, she and her family wanted the man responsible to die. Now, thanks to a high school play, they're not so sure.
A unanimous opinion from the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a death penalty case in the so-called Christmas Eve murders can proceed. The ruling finds that King County prosecutors handled the case correctly.
Today on the program, Maddie Ewbank and Srikar Penumaka bring you stories about moving on in life: letting go and gaining in the process.
First, Kendra Hanna tells you about one family's struggle with their home and foreclosure. Ever had buyer's remorse? Well this is a little different. After that, we hear from Ian Dangla about how a high school play helped a family change its perspective on the death penalty.
The central issue in this case is when prosecutors should consider the strength of the evidence against defendants in a capital murder case. The parties differed on whether evidence should be a consideration in deciding to seek the death penalty.
A House committee in Olympia will hear public testimony Wednesday for a bill that would abolish capital punishment in Washington. House Bill 1504 would eliminate the death penalty in favor of life without parole.