FROM Kent Scheidegger
Should Kids Be Allowed to Waive Their Right to Remain Silent? A State Supreme Court majority has refused to review the murder conviction of a 10-year-old boy who confessed to killing his father. Had his young brain developed enough to understand that, before he confessed, he'd waived his Miranda right to remain silent?
Is There a Way – and the Will -- to Resume Executions in California? This week, by a vote of five to four, the US Supreme Court approved part of a three-drug cocktail used for executions in Oklahoma. Under a legal settlement, Governor Brown how has 120 days to propose a way to implement the death penalty in California. There has not been an execution for nine years, and death row is crowded with 750 people. Maura Dolan covers legal affairs for the Los Angeles Times .
Do We Still Need the Death Penalty? Capital punishment is on the decline in the US, though it's still on the books in 32 states with more than 3000 inmates on death row. It's also back in the news since federal prosecutors said they would seek death for the Boston Marathon bomber. In addition, death-penalty states can't get the drugs used for lethal injections, because European companies won't import them for that purpose any more, and replacements used in two recent executions have raised questions about "cruel and unusual punishment." Legislators in some states want to go back to gas chambers, firing squads and hangings. Is the "ultimate penalty" a deterrent? Can it ever be "humane?"
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?