Thursday, October 07, 2004

Today's articles

Convicted killer accepts offer for life prison term.
In June of last year, the U.S. Supreme Court, while letting Wiggins' conviction stand, threw out the death sentence. In ordering a new sentencing hearing for Wiggins, the majority wrote that jurors probably would not have chosen to put the borderline mentally retarded painter to death had they been told that he was forced to beg for food by his alcoholic mother and that he was physically and sexually abused by his foster parents.

7 Dissenters on U.S. Court Cannot Stop an Execution
Unless the Supreme Court intervenes or Paul Gregory House dies first from the multiple sclerosis he has, he will be executed.

Prosecutors Won't Pursue Cases of 227 in Disputed Protest
Charges have been dropped against the 227 protesters who were arrested during one of the most disputed demonstrations of the Republican National Convention.

The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post have this AP article:
Maryland Public Defender Nancy S. Forster has asked a judge to close the state's new juvenile detention facility or order immediate improvements there, citing "systemic" violence, including allegations that workers have induced young residents to fight one another.

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