- Making News: Supreme Court Rules Inmates Can Challenge Lethal Injection
The death penalty, as administered by every state except Nebraska, is open to constitutional challenge by today's unanimous ruling of the US Supreme Court. The issue is whether the chemicals used amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Professor Deborah Denno specializes in the death penalty at Fordham Law School.
- Reporter's Notebook: Americans Play Their First Match of the World Cup
This is the fourth time in a row that the United States has qualified a team for the World Cup, and this year's squad is said to be the best in American history. Today, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, the team opened play against the Czech Republic. Frank Dell'Apa was there for the Boston Globe.
A New Start for Iraqi Government?
US officials in Iraq say Abu Musab al-Zarqawi stayed alive for 52 minutes until he died of wounds suffered from the impact of two 500-pound bombs. They insist that he was treated as well as if he were a member of coalition forces. While an announcement of US force reductions are not expected yet, the US Commander in Baghdad hinted today that they might come soon. Meantime, President Bush and top military advisors are at Camp David for two days of discussions on the future of Iraq. They'll meet Iraq's new cabinet on video. Some observers say that the Iraqi cabinet is a symptom of Zarqawi's legacy, divided along sectarian lines at a time when sectarian violence is the biggest threat of all. Has Zarqawi's death set back the insurgency and created opportunity for Iraq's new government? Have the forces of chaos already been unleashed by sectarian violence?