FROM Robert Dunham
Death penalty is on the ballot in a few of states A guard escorts a condemned inmate down a corridor in the East Block during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California December 29, 2015 Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters Nebraska and Oklahoma are voting on measures that would institutionalize capital punishment. In California , there's a proposition to abolish the death penalty… and another that supporters claim would make implementation easier. Robert Dunham is Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center , discusses the politics of capital punishment.
Life or Death for the Boston Marathon Bomber? The evidence of guilt is not open to question. Jahar Tsarnaev's attorneys conceded he helped plant the bombs that killed three and injured 260. Now the jury that convicted him must decide the sentence. But even the families of victims disagree. Some insist only his death will provide closure. Others say his execution would inevitably be delayed by an endless round of appeals, prolonging their agony. Opening arguments began today in the penalty phase of a trial that raises basic questions about justice in America.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.