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In Utah, firing squad case raises questions, and some shrugs, about death penalty

Jurors who sentenced a man to death have regrets on the eve of his execution by firing squad in Utah. But the “Wild West” style execution is changing few other opinions in the state.


  Need to Know, June 11, 2010

A closer look at BP’s safety record, the generosity of a Palestinian family after their son’s killing, and an interview with Sookie Stackhouse’s creator.


A chance at redemption

Joe Sullivan was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 13. Now, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, he has a chance to qualify for parole.


Blagojevich trial offers test of teetering ‘honest services’ law

Political favor-trading, such as in the Rod Blagojevich case, is common in state capitols across the country. But a pending Supreme Court ruling could make it harder to prosecute allegedly corrupt politicians.


O’Connor: Confirmation process is ‘narrow path’ for nominee

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, spoke with Need to Know’s Alison Stewart about the confirmation process, civics in schools and motherhood.

For Kagan, don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t need to know

Here is what you absolutely do not “Need to Know” about Elena Kagan: whether or not she is gay. Yet everyone, it seems, is talking about just that in the run-up to next month’s confirmation hearings.


Jamal Greene on juvenile justice and the Supreme Court

Need to Know talks to Jamal Greene, a professor at the Columbia University School of Law and former clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens.


Supreme Court agrees to hear death row inmate’s civil rights case

Attorneys for Hank Skinner have argued that prosecutors violated his rights by denying him access to evidence recovered from the crime scene.


  Imprisoning teenagers for life

Joe Sullivan has been in jail since he was 13. Now, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, he has a chance at redemption.

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