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Court tells Arizona to reveal source of death penalty drugs before execution

Arizona loses execution caseAn appeals court ruled on Saturday that Arizona must divulge details about the drugs and qualifications of the medical personnel it plans to use to kill a death-row inmate, Joseph Wood, on Wednesday. If such details are not made available, the execution will be stopped.

Wood killed his estranged girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father, Eugene Dietz, in Tucson in 1989.

A majority of judges on the 9th US circuit court of appeals sided with Wood's attorneys’ argument, that he had a right to know who supplied the drugs the state intended to use to kill him and the qualifications of the executioners who would carry out the sentence.


22 People Shot in 12 Hours in Chicago

22 shot in ChicagoShamiya Adams was sitting on a bedroom floor in her best friend's home, making s'mores after an evening of practicing a dance routine, when the shot ripped through the house in Garfield Park.

The bullet crashed through the wall of the bedroom and struck the 11-year-old in the head. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where family kept an overnight vigil until the girl was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. today.

"They came out and told us she wasn't going to make it," Shamiya's grandmother said. "Oh, my God."


Movie, TV legend James Garner dies at 86

James Garner diesActor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86.

He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.


NYPD cop involved in chokehold death stripped of shield, gun

chokehold death by NYPDThe eight-year NYPD veteran officer who was caught on video putting a Staten Island man in a chokehold has been stripped of his gun and his shield.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo was placed on modified duty Saturday as cops and the Staten Island district attorney investigated the case.  This comes after a shocking new video shows Eric Garner, lying handcuffed and unresponsive on a sidewalk, received zero medical help from cops who instead just emptied his pockets.

The seven-minute clip posted Saturday on YouTube shows an apparently lifeless Garner, whose head droops to the side as at least eight cops stand nearby.


Federal judges approve early release for thousands of drug convicts

Holder Drug offenders now in prison will be eligible for early release under a unanimous decision Friday by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

No inmates will be released under the revised guidelines until November 2015, the commission said. Congress has until this November to change the decision.

The commission, an independent judicial agency, said all decisions on early release will be reviewed by a judge with prosecutors being given an opportunity to object. But it is somewhat broader than the guidelines sought by Attorney General Eric Holder, who argued that only inmates who have not committed violent crimes and are not linked to major drug organizations should be eligible.


What Happens When Detroit Shuts Off the Water of 100,000 People

Detroit water crisisIn a city where the median household income is less than half the national average, 38 percent of residents live below the poverty line and 23 percent are unemployed, it comes as no surprise that at least 40 percent of customers are delinquent on their bills.

The water shut-offs have taken no prisoners. Since this year's shut-offs started at the end of March, at least 15,000 Detroit households have had their water turned off. But the campaign, a tactic designed to pressure Detroiters into paying their water bills, began with little or no publicity last year, when 24,000 homes had their water shut off, says Darryl Latimer, the deputy director of the water department.


Appeals court strikes down Oklahoma gay marriage ban

Oklahoma court stirkes down gay marraige banA federal appeals court in Denver struck down a second state ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling that Oklahoma -- like Utah before it - cannot prohibit gays and lesbians from marrying.

The decision by a three-judge panel in the 10-year-old lawsuit is likely to give the Supreme Court a choice: It can use either Utah or Oklahoma as its foil for judging the constitutionality of all such bans, or it can wait for more cases headed its way from Virginia and elsewhere.


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