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This undated photo provided by Georgia Department of Corrections shows Keith Leroy Tharpe. Georgia is preparing to put to death Tharpe, who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago. But his lawyers say the execution should be stopped because his death sentence is tainted by a juror’s racial bias. Lawyers for the state dispute that and say 59-year-old Tharpe should die as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
September 25, 2017 - 6:58 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia prisoner who faces execution this week lost his bid for clemency Monday before the only state authority with the power to commute a death sentence. Keith Leroy Tharpe, 59, is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson for the September 1990 shooting...
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This undated photo provided by Georgia Department of Corrections shows Keith Leroy Tharpe. Georgia is preparing to put to death Tharpe, who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago. But his lawyers say the execution should be stopped because his death sentence is tainted by a juror’s racial bias. Lawyers for the state dispute that and say 59-year-old Tharpe should die as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
September 23, 2017 - 11:20 am
ATLANTA (AP) — As Georgia prepares to put to death a man who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago, his lawyers say the execution should be stopped because his death sentence is tainted by a juror's racial bias. Lawyers for the state reject that argument and say Keith Leroy Tharpe, 59, should die...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, that the use of hearsay testimony to convict Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper in upholding his conviction. The high court, in a unanimous decision, found that hearsay testimony from Peterson's missing fourth wife did not violate his constitutional right to confront his accusers. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP, File)
September 21, 2017 - 12:32 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction. The high court, in a unanimous decision , found that hearsay testimony...
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September 14, 2017 - 3:00 pm
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that would require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes on in-state purchases — a defeat the state expected and welcomed in a case that eventually could have national implications for e-commerce. Attorney...
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September 14, 2017 - 12:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner is no predator and should be spared from prison at his sentencing for sexting with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl who dreamed about affecting the U.S. presidential election, his lawyers told a judge on Wednesday. The submission...
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September 13, 2017 - 1:30 pm
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of killing two people in back-to-back robberies in suburban Cleveland in 1992 was executed Wednesday as family members of his victims looked on. Gary Otte, 45, was put to death at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville with a lethal...
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September 13, 2017 - 11:39 am
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on execution of a contemned Ohio killer (all times local): 11:35 a.m. An Ohio killer of two people sang a Christian hymn and quoted the Bible in the minutes before his death. The last words of Gary Otte (OH'-tee) were derived from a Bible account of Jesus Christ's...
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September 13, 2017 - 9:02 am
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a contemned Ohio killer (all times local): 8:55 a.m. The Ohio Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a condemned killer who argues he shouldn't be put to death because of his age at the time of the crime. The court declined...
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September 12, 2017 - 10:09 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an apology by a medical provider that includes an admission of liability can't be used in a later lawsuit against the provider. At issue in the court's Tuesday decision was the state's "apology law," which already bars using apologies in...
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September 10, 2017 - 8:05 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A dispute over whether to shut down Toledo's last abortion clinic is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday, in a case both sides view as pivotal. At issue in oral arguments will be the state health department's 2014 order shutting down Capital Care of Toledo for lack of a...
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