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Judge accepts sweeping reforms of Arizona death penalty protocols

Judge accepts sweeping reforms of Arizona death penalty protocols

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge accepted on Thursday major revisions to Arizona’s death penalty procedures, such as eliminating paralytic drugs in lethal injections and giving witnesses more access to watch prisoners inside the death chamber, a lawyer for the death row inmates said.

Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers

(Reuters) – Two U.S. studies on the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel.

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Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of more than 100 Iraqis

(Reuters) – A U.S. district court judge in Michigan has temporarily blocked the deportations of more than 100 Iraqi nationals until a decision is reached over who has jurisdiction over the matter, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

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Son of New York pizzeria owner gets 20 years in drug case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The son of a New York pizzeria owner was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy linked to organized crime.

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Appeals court overturns conviction of 'Making a Murderer' inmate

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed a decision to overturn the murder conviction of Brendan Dassey, a Wisconsin man serving a life sentence whose case was chronicled in the popular Netflix television documentary “Making a Murderer.”

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Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing attempted to buy gun before attack

(Reuters) – The man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in Michigan unsuccessfully attempted to purchase a gun before the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said on Thursday.

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Gunman gets four years in prison for storming D.C. pizzeria

(Reuters) – A North Carolina man who wielded an assault rifle inside a Washington pizzeria after a fake online report that it was a cover for a child abuse ring was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday, prosecutors said.

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Mafia soldier's prison term restored despite Oklahoma City bombing tip

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court restored the 40-year prison sentence of a former Mafia soldier whose term had been cut by 10 years after he revealed a cache of explosives hidden in the former home of a 1995 Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator.

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Virginia man charged with spying for China: Justice Dept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia man has been charged with giving top secret defense documents to an agent for the Chinese government, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

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Tough-talking Trump defense lawyer says he's no 'snowflake'

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The latest lawyer hired to represent U.S. President Donald Trump in the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is an ex-Marine who likens some cases to war.

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