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Missouri Executed This Man While His Appeal Was Pending in Court

Herbert Smulls was pronounced dead four minutes before the justices in Washington denied his final stay. Did Missouri officials breach their ethical duties by permitting this to happen?<p>It is 2014, not 1964 or 1914, and yet on Wednesday night a black man in Missouri, a black man convicted by an …

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Family of Ohio killer executed with untested drug mix plans to file lawsuit

The family of the Ohio man executed with a new lethal mixture of drugs on Thursday is pursuing a lawsuit to assure that other death row inmates do not experience the same unusual execution circumstances he did, the family and their attorney said Friday.<p>"I can't think of any other way to describe it …

The case for gay marriage is made in the freedom of religion

Freedom of religion is a hard-won principle. In Europe, the wars of religion raged for over a century before the Peace of Westphalia solidified freedom of religion <i>for rulers</i> in 1648. Freedom of religion for ordinary citizens was much slower in coming: the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution was a …

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Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills

Last week, we reported on the correctional industry's enduring practice of punishing certain inmates with a bland, lumpish food known as "the loaf."<p>Fortunately, there are also more encouraging stories to tell about prison food.<p>It turns out there's a pretty vibrant movement of prison vegetable …

How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug dealers were once viewed as powerful levers in the nation's war against drugs, a way to target traffickers, and punish kingpins and masterminds.<p>But Congress, which approved the requirements in 1986 when crack-fueled crime gripped America's big cities, is …