Anamaria Ignjatovic

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Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.

On my fourth day in a semi-driverless car, I finally felt comfortable enough to let it stop itself. Before then, I’d allowed the car — a Volvo S90 sedan — to steer around gentle turns, with my hands still on the wheel, and to adjust speed in traffic. By Day 4, I was ready to make a leap into the …

A Supreme Court case could give the poor a better chance to escape the death penalty

No one should face execution because they're too poor to put on a defense. That's the principle the Supreme Court will consider when it hears Ayestas vs. Davis on Monday.<p>In states with a death penalty, after a jury convicts a defendant of first degree murder, the jury hears evidence and decides …

The problem with hospitalizing opioid addicts against their will

<i>Michael Stein is chair of health law, policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health and author of "The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year." Paul Christopher is an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University.</i><p>Your daughter uses heroin and …

Girl told her outfit is ‘too distracting’ for boys at her school

A teenager girl was told to change her outfit at school recently, as it was deemed ‘too distracting’ for the male pupils.<p>On 28 August, 13-year-old …

My husband shouldn’t have had a gun

<i>Nancy Taylor is a gun safety advocate living on the West Coast.</i><p>Last year, I sent a donation of $358.16 to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The amount was the sum of money that I received after selling my Ruger revolver.<p>I never really wanted to own the revolver, but my husband thought I …

From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones was released last month after serving more than two decades in an Indiana prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son. The very next day, she arrived at New York University, a promising Ph.D. student in American studies.<p>In a breathtaking feat of rehabilitation, Ms. Jones, now 45, …

Liberalism and the Campus Rape Tribunals

Last week Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, announced that the Trump White House would be revising the Obama administration guidelines for how colleges and universities adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.<p>There were protests outside her speech and spittle-flecked rants on Twitter, but …

Death By Blackness

The color of your skin shouldn't determine whether you live or die. But that is precisely the case for Duane Buck, a Texas man facing execution. His case is before the Supreme Court this month.<p>Earlier this month, the nation's highest court allowed the execution of another African American man, …

Foster v. Chatman: Race infects death penalty to the core.

Back in 1987, Timothy Foster was a poor, black, intellectually impaired teenager facing trial for the murder of an elderly white woman in rural …

U.S. Supreme Court

After 52 years, man is cleared of murder he didn’t commit

An 81-year-old Brooklyn man who served nine years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was exonerated Monday — 52 years after pleading guilty to …

Crime

'Grim Sleeper' could face death penalty if convicted over Los Angeles murders

Closing arguments begin Monday in the case of Lonnie Franklin Jr, who is charged with killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007<p>The trial of alleged “Grim Sleeper” Lonnie Franklin Jr headed to a close Monday after months of testimony about a serial killer who stalked women …

Florida's death penalty should require unanimous jury votes

In a criminal jury trial, a conviction requires a unanimous verdict of guilt, whether the crime is a low-level drug possession charge or capital murder.<p>But in Florida, after all 12 members of a jury have found the accused guilty, only 10 of them have to agree that the defendant should die for the …

Video

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>England bids for first World Cup final since 1966<p>Millions of fans will watch …

Love Island

The Legal Controversy Over Florida's Death Penalty

A circuit-court judge has ruled that newly introduced sentencing laws are unconstitutional.<p>A Florida judge has ruled the state’s death-penalty statue is unconstitutional, two months after the law was amended in accordance with a U.S. Supreme Court decision this year that found it violated the …

Death Penalty Study Gives Louisiana Public Defender Funding Story New Spin

Share8<p>Share<p>Tweet28<p>Email<p>Shares 36<p>April 27, 2016; New Orleans Advocate<p>On Wednesday, <i>NPQ</i> reported on Louisiana’s struggles with its underfunded public …

Death penalty in Virginia lives thanks to new secrecy rule for drug suppliers.

Lawmakers in Virginia are getting close to solving their pesky death penalty problem. After being blocked on a proposal to bring back the electric …

Death Row

Opinion: The death penalty is past its kill-by date

The number of countries that no longer apply the death penalty continues to grow. Yet the global execution count is also on the rise. That is …

Human Rights

Georgia Just Executed An Intellectually Disabled Man Whose Sentencing Was Tainted By Racism

The lethal injection adds to Georgia's troubling death penalty record.<p>Kenneth Fults, an intellectually disabled man who pleaded guilty to murdering his next-door neighbor in 1996, was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday night in Georgia.<p>Fults, 47, was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m. at the …

Judge delays Dylann Roof's death penalty trial until January 2017

Defense lawyers requested postponement to complete psychiatric testing of man who is charged with killing nine black parishioners at a Charleston church<p>A South Carolina judge on Wednesday delayed until next year the state death penalty trial of Dylann Roof who is charged with killing nine black …

Filipino woman gets death sentence for smuggling cocaine into Vietnam

A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday handed down a death sentence to a Filipino woman who was found guilty of smuggling nearly 1.5 kilograms of …

Citing Racist Trial, Protesters Hold Vigil as Georgia Executes Kenneth Fults

EARLY TUESDAY EVENING, as the state of Georgia prepared to kill 47-year-old Kenneth Fults, I drove 10 miles west from historic Jackson toward Prison …

Justice

What The Next Execution Tells Us About Childhood Trauma And The Death Penalty

Less than two weeks after executing Kenneth Fults, Georgia is getting ready to lethally inject its fifth death row inmate this year.<p>Daniel Anthony …