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  • U.S. to seek death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber

    January 30, 2014 | 10:48 pm

    The United States will seek the death penalty for accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with planting homemade explosives devices that killed three people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon last year, the government's chief prosecutor said on Thursday.

    U.S....

  • Prop. 34: Repeal the death penalty

    November 1, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Jewish tradition has always championed the idea that justice is a fundamental necessity. When the Torah commands us, “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” the repetition is to teach that not only we must have just ends, our means to those ends must be equally just.

    Our commitment...

  • Saudi writer faces execution over Twitter posts about the Prophet Muhammad

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 16, 2012 | 10:53 am

    There have been a lot of entries, but here’s a horrifying addition to the Don’t Insult Islam’s Holy Prophet file: A Saudi writer faces execution in his native country for insulting Muhammad on Twitter.

    Hamza Kashgari, a 23-year-old newspaper columnist, was detained upon arrival at...

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  • Yemeni high court upholds death sentence

    July 26, 2010 | 12:26 pm

    Yemen’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a Yemeni man who killed a Jewish fellow citizen after demanding that he convert.

    The court on Saturday affirmed the sentence of death by firing squad levied by an appeals court on Abdel Aziz Yahia al-Abdi, 39, for the December...

  • Should Tookie Die?

    By Daniel Sokatch

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Just about one month from now, at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 13, the State of California will execute Stanley Tookie Williams. He will die by lethal injection in the death chamber of San Quentin State Prison, home to the nation's largest death row. At every execution, small crowds gather...

  • NATION & WORLD BRIEFS

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    House OKs Palestinian Aid

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved $200 million in aid to the Palestinians. The House voted 389-43 Wednesday on an $81 billion supplemental package, which is mostly for the war in Iraq, but with $200 million in fast-track aid for the...

  • Waiting for Furrow

    By Tom Tugend

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A year and a day after Buford O. Furrow Jr. allegedly burst into the North Valley Jewish Community Center, spraying the lobby with 70 bullets from a 9mm semiautomatic assault weapon, the case is slowly winding its way through the federal legal system - very slowly.

    Furrow, 38, is...

  • Fitting the Crime

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Eleanor Kadish had only returned to work for a couple of weeks when she learned that federal prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for Buford O. Furrow, Jr., the avowed white supremacist who is awaiting trial for allegedly shooting her son and four other people at the North...
  • Jews and the Death Penalty

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Many people assume that Jewish law unequivocally advocates capital punishment, because of frequent references to capital crimes and capital punishment in the Torah. But while Jewish law supports the death penalty in theory, the Oral Law makes it difficult, and in most cases...
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