Death Penalty News

Last week, federal prosecutors said that they will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old suspect in a racially motivated attack that killed nine black worshippers.

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The move is a relatively rare one for the federal government.  It’s especially unusual, experts said, because state prosecutors had already announced plans to seek Roof’s execution in their separate case against him.  So, if he’s convicted, Roof will face the ultimate penalty in two different courtrooms. In state court, he is set to be tried in January.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement that she arrived at her decision after a “rigorous” review of the case’s factual and legal issues.  “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision,” she said.

Keep in mind, Roof has not yet been convicted.

In other death penalty news, the Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of death-row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster in Georgia on Monday, chastising state prosecutors for improperly keeping African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman.

The AP writes that the justices ruled 7-1 in favor of death row inmate Foster in underscoring the importance of rules they laid out in 1986 to prevent racial discrimination in the selection of juries.

According to CNN, Foster’s attorneys obtained notes the prosecution team took twenty years ago while it was engaged in picking (or packing?) a jury.  The notes including marking potential jurors who were black with a “b” written by their name.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court that Georgia “prosecutors were motivated in substantial part by race” when they struck African-Americans from the jury pool.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/23/politics/supreme-court-racial-discrimination/

http://voiceofdetroit.net/2016/05/29/us-supreme-court-nixes-death-penalty-from-all-white-jury/#sthash.UuF2fBo8.dpuf

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‘Reverse-Rigging’ Of Washington Primaries?

Is it possible for a primary to be rigged in favor of the underdog?

On Tuesday, May 24th, Washington state Democrats had a presidential primary, which is a bit odd, because they already had a caucus (most states have one or the other.)

The Washington state Democrats had presidential caucuses – not to be confused with their primary –  on Saturday, March 26th.

According to the website newstimes and NPR, the primary votes simply don’t count.  That is unfortunate for Hillary Clinton, because she won Tuesday’s primary vote handily, 54 percent to Bernie Sanders’ 46 percent.

The Atlantic states that Sanders already won 74 delegates, while Clinton won only 27, based on the March 26th caucuses.

Writes newstimes:

“On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton edged out Bernie Sanders, but the results won’t affect the allocation of delegates to the Democratic National Convention: Democrats in Washington state ignore the results of the statewide primary and rely solely on the party caucus system, which Bernie Sanders won in March.”

NPR:

“Clinton’s win might give her some momentum, but it won’t get her any delegates. There were no delegates at stake in the Democratic primary. Washington Democrats already awarded their delegates based on party caucuses.

“Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won Washington’s caucuses in March, getting 74 delegates. Clinton got 27.”

The Atlantic writes that roughly 230,000 people participated in the Democratic caucus, The Stranger reported in March. However, more than 660,000 Democratic votes had been tallied in the primary as of Tuesday,according to The Seattle Times.

(Updated to correct title)

http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Trump-Clinton-win-Washington-s-presidential-7944062.php

http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/2016-presidential-primary.aspx

O’Malley: Cable News Network Admitted They Gave Hillary 50, Bernie 40, And O’Malley 10 Percent Of The Questions

On May 16th, former Maryland Governor and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley claimed that cable news networks admitted prior to the TV debates that he would get 10 percent of the questions, Hillary Clinton would get 50, and Bernie Sanders would get 40 percent of the questions.

That claim can be seen on an interview on the show Square Off on the local network ABC2 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The quote is at the 5:20 mark in the video at the website below:

http://www.abc2news.com/marketplace/square-off/square-off-former-gov-martin-omalley-gives-1st-tv-interview-since-ending-presidential-bid

(Updated post)