California prison officials executed three-time murderer Donald Beardslee Wednesday morning, the first execution in California in three years. Following a Board of Prison Terms recommendation , California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency to Beardslee, saying: The state and federal courts have affirmed his conviction and death sentence, and nothing in his petition or the record [...]

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A British court martial has released over twenty pictures that seem to show British troops abusing Iraqi civilians. The photos emerged as three Royal Regiment of Fusiliers soldiers are facing nine charges for allegedly abusing looters detained at a camp outside Basra in May 2003. Responding to the photos , head of the British Army [...]

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Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, Jan. 19. The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in City of Ranchos Palos Verdes v. Abrams , in which it will resolve a circuit split over whether limits on land-use authority under the federal [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in Rompilla v. Beard , 04-5462 , a PA case that involves jury instructions for cases involving the death penalty. Rompilla, who was convicted of robbing, stabbing and setting on fire a bar owner in Allentown, PA, in 1988, argues his death sentence should be overturned because jurors [...]

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Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. announced the company will replace its chairman and chief executive with Stephen Cooper, a restructuring expert who most recently conducted Enron's turnaround. The company's stock collapse is attributed to shareholder lawsuits and a SEC probe of its accounting. Read the Krispy Kreme press release [...]

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