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Should NJ reinstate the death penalty for cop killers?
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US judge rules against California death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

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Should NJ reinstate the death penalty for cop killers?
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Should NJ have a death penalty for cop killers?

As tensions rise in Jersey City over the horrific death of officer Melvin Santiago, Assemblyman Ron Dancer is trying to renew conversation to bring back to death penalty for cop killers.

According to Kevin McArdle's report, the bill would be reinstated if: the victim was a

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Death penalty for cop killers: NJ lawmaker

Assemblyman Ron Dancer said Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago's murder might not have been prevented if the death penalty still existed in New Jersey, but the incident has at least renewed that conversation.

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Convicted killer John E. Winfield faces execution early Wednesday in Missouri.  (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)
Convicted killer John E. Winfield faces execution early Wednesday in Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)
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Upcoming US Executions Getting Closer Scrutiny

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There have been no U.S. executions in the seven weeks since an Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack following a botched lethal injection. That soon could change, with three convicted killers scheduled to die in the span of about 24 hours.

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In this Oct. 13, 1999 file photo, Ricky Bell, then warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
In this Oct. 13, 1999 file photo, Ricky Bell, then warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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Tennessee Dusts Off Electric Chair as Execution Option

Tennessee is "ready as needed" to use the electric chair if it can't get the drugs used for lethal injections, the state's top prisons official said Friday.

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A group of death penalty opponents held a vigil outside St. Francis Xavier College Church hours before the scheduled execution of Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew. The execution was stayed by court order. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A group of death penalty opponents held a vigil outside St. Francis Xavier College Church hours before the scheduled execution of Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew. The execution was stayed by court order. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Next Step Unclear After Missouri Execution Halted

Death row inmate Russell Bucklew was still alive Thursday, after a rare last-minute stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court. What happens to him next will be up to other judges after the justices simply directed a lower court to take another look at the case.

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Russell Bucklew who is scheduled to die for killing a romantic rival as part of a crime spree in southeast Missouri in 1996.  (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)
Russell Bucklew who is scheduled to die for killing a romantic rival as part of a crime spree in southeast Missouri in 1996. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)
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Missouri Governor Firm on Plans for Execution

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that he doesn't see any reason to halt the execution of an inmate whose attorneys claim he could suffer during the lethal injection because of a rare medical condition.

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Utah State Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state.  (AP Photo/Michelle Price, File)
Utah State Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state. (AP Photo/Michelle Price, File)
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Utah Lawmaker: Bring Back Firing Squad Executions

In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state.

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Camden Woman Buried Alive: What’s a Fair Punishment? [POLL]

Jim discussed the horrific murder of a Camden woman at the hands of two men that admitted to burying her alive.

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The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla.  (AP Photo, File)
The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. (AP Photo, File)
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Okla. Court Delays Execution for 6 Months

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection.

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