Feb 22nd, 2012
I’d like to offer a simple proposal that, if enacted, could generate a great deal of a most precious resource: moral clarity. It concerns the death penalty. Opponents of capital punishment for murderers argue that the state has no right to take a murderer’s life. Apparently, one fact that abolitionis...
In Crime & Corruption
Feb 12th, 2011
Malaysian prosecutors filed charges carrying the death penalty Friday against seven suspected Somali pirates accused of attacking a Malaysian-operated ship in the Gulf of Aden, in the first such charges in Asia against the African sea bandits. The Somalis – some as young as 15 years old – are suspect...
Jan 13th, 2011
Unlike Julian Assange’s first appearance in a British court, the judges have now lifted the tweet ban. Court reporting in its full 140 character flower is being permitted to bloom. And boy did they tweet. It was a grey morning outside the court. Tweetpics show reporters rugged up and looking mi...
Oct 20th, 2010
An al Qaeda-linked militant who threatened France in court is facing the death penalty in the North African country of Mauritania. El Khadim Ould Semane is accused of leading a deadly 2008 shoot-out in the capital, Nouakchott. The action left a police officer dead and wounded other security forces. S...