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Oklahoma man dies of heart attack after botched execution

A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate’s eventual death from a heart attack.

Study: 1 in 25 death penalty cases likely innocent

About one in 25 people imprisoned under a death sentence is likely innocent, according to a new statistical study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And that means it is all but certain that at least several of the 1,320 defendants executed since 1977 were innocent, the study says.

 
Florida military mom accused of killing her two children

Military wife Julie Scheneker, accused of shooting her son in the head and daughter in the face during her husband’s deployment in 2011, is standing trial for two counts of first-degree murder.

Lawyer: ‘X-Men’ director not in Hawaii during alleged sex abuse acts

Credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show that “X-Men” franchise director Bryan Singer was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands, a defense attorney said Friday.

Prosecutor lays out case in federal tax fraud trial

A federal prosecutor Wednesday laid out the government’s case before a jury in the trial of three men charged in a massive tax fraud scheme that occurred more than a decade ago.

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