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This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie in custody. Georgia's highest court has stepped in and temporarily halted Cromartie's execution scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Cromartie was to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the April 1994 killing of convenience store clerk Richard Slysz in Thomasville. The Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay of execution, saying "it appears that the pending execution order may be void." (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 1:50 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was to be put to death Wednesday, the state's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the scheduled execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m...
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This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie in custody. Georgia's highest court has stepped in and temporarily halted Cromartie's execution scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Cromartie was to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the April 1994 killing of convenience store clerk Richard Slysz in Thomasville. The Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay of execution, saying "it appears that the pending execution order may be void." (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 12:50 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was set to be put to death Wednesday, the state's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the scheduled execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at 7 p...
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FILE-In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019 file photo released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state, in Montgomery, Ala. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 2:07 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month and called the law — part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states — clearly unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary...
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FILE-In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019 file photo released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state, in Montgomery, Ala. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 12:04 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of wave of abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an expected preliminary...
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93-year-old former SS guard Bruno Dey in the concentration camp Stutthof near Danzig, arrives at the regional court in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. The prosecution accuses the 93-year-old man of aiding and abetting the murder of 5230 people. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
October 25, 2019 - 12:20 pm
BERLIN (AP) — A 93-year-old former guard at the Nazis' Stutthof concentration camp testified at his trial Friday that he once saw people being led into the gas chamber, followed by screaming and banging sounds behind the locked door. Bruno Dey, a former SS private, went on trial Oct. 17 at the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. Three condemned inmates in Tennessee have chosen to die in the electric chair in the past year, claiming the state's lethal injection method is even worse. The inmates argued in court that the midazolam-based lethal injection method causes feelings of burning and suffocating. Tennessee has three executions scheduled, and nine more in the works. Unless something changes, it is likely the three inmates who opted for the electric chair won't be the last. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 25, 2019 - 11:36 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The inmate's request was a surprising one, made three days before he was to be executed in October 2018: Edmund Zagorski told the state of Tennessee he'd rather die in the electric chair than receive a lethal injection. Some took the request as a ploy to buy time. Defense...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill holds a press conference in South Bend, Ind. Lawyers for Hill are trying to block two women from testifying about previous sexual misconduct allegations as he faces claims that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year. The state's attorney disciplinary commission wants the women to testify about Hill's actions when he was the Elkhart County prosecutor before becoming attorney general in 2017. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)
October 19, 2019 - 12:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The professional future of Indiana's attorney general is at stake with a disciplinary hearing that threatens his law license after allegations that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year. A former state Supreme Court justice will open a perhaps weeklong hearing Monday...
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October 18, 2019 - 11:32 pm
Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation's opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. North Carolina Attorney...
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October 18, 2019 - 9:41 pm
Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation's opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. North Carolina Attorney...
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FILE - This July 7, 2010 file photo, shows Nebraska's lethal injection chamber at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Neb. The lethal injection protocol that was used in 2018 to execute a Nebraska prisoner survived a legal challenge Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, from death penalty opponents who had hoped to overturn it to prevent the state from carrying out capital punishment. (AP Photo/Nate Jenkins, File)
October 18, 2019 - 11:24 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The lethal injection protocol that was used in 2018 to execute a Nebraska prisoner withstood a legal challenge Friday from death penalty opponents who hoped to prevent the state from carrying out capital punishment. The Nebraska Supreme Court sided with state officials who...
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