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Nation Jul 19Capitol rioter who breached Senate gets 8 months for felony
A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag is scheduled to become the first Jan. 6 rioter sentenced for a felony, in a hearing that will help set a benchmark for punishment in similar…
Politics Jul 01Garland halts federal executions, orders review of protocols
The Justice Department is halting federal executions after a historic use of capital punishment by the Trump administration, which carried out 13 executions in six months.
Nation Apr 16Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of boy
Viewers reacted with a mix of outrage and grief to newly released bodycam video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 13-year-old less than a second after the boy dropped a handgun, turned toward the officer and began…
Nation Feb 17AP report: Executioners sanitized accounts of deaths in federal cases
An Associated Press review of court filings shows executioners who put 13 inmates to death during the Trump presidency offered sanitized, incomplete versions of the executions to judges.
Nation Jan 12Female inmate’s execution on hold; 2 more halted over COVID-19
The U.S. government's plans to carry out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades are on hold, and two other executions this week have been canceled because the inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
Nation Jan 05WATCH: No criminal charges against Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake
A Wisconsin prosecutor said he will not file criminal charges against a white police officer who shot a Black man in the back in Kenosha last summer that left him paralyzed.
Nation Dec 11Trump administration plans 2nd execution in as many days
The series of executions after Election Day, the first in late November, is the first time in over 130 years where federal executions have occurred during a lame-duck period.
Nation Dec 10U.S. set to execute first of 5 inmates before Biden inauguration
If Bernard, now 40, receives a lethal injection as planned at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, it would be a rare execution of a person who was in his teens when the crime occurred.
Politics Sep 26Amy Coney Barrett, high court pick, is Scalia’s heir
Although Amy Coney Barrett is the president’s choice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she is more aptly described as heir to another departed Supreme Court justice: conservative hero Antonin Scalia.
Nation Aug 26Only Native American on federal death row executed
The only Native American on federal death row is set to die Wednesday for the slayings of a 9-year-old and her grandmother nearly two decades ago, though many Navajos are hoping for last-minute intervention by President Donald Trump to halt…