April 23, 2014
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) just signed a law former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-AZ) organization described as “the most extreme gun bill in America.” The new law allows guns in bars, churches, nightclubs and libraries. It eliminates criminal charges against people who accidentally bring guns into airports or other buildings where guns are prohibited. It expands Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law so that felons may invoke this defense. And it permits certain schoolteachers and administrators to carry firearms inside their schools.
The new law is actually more moderate than an earlier draft of the legislation, which would have limited the punishment for carrying a gun on college campuses and which did not include a provision requiring people who want to bring a gun to worship services to obtain permission to do so. Nevertheless, the bill demonstrates how rapidly gun politics shifted to the right in Georgia. Last year, a less comprehensive bill allowing guns in bars and places of worship passed the Georgia house but failed to clear the state senate.
The provision authorizing guns in bars is especially likely to result in an uptick of violence. According to Washington State University Sociology Professor Jennifer Schwartz, “40% of male [homicide] offenders were drinking alcohol at the time” of their offense, and about one in three female offenders were also drinking.
The judge in the Colorado theater shootings has upheld the constitutionality of one of the laws used to charge James Holmes with murder.
The judge on Friday rejected a request by defense lawyers to overturn the law making it a crime to commit murder with extreme indifference.
Holmes is accused of killing 12 and injuring 70 at an Aurora movie theater in July 2012.
He’s charged with 12 counts of murder with extreme indifference and 12 counts of murder with deliberation.
His attorneys argued the extreme indifference statute is vague and, therefore, unconstitutional. The judge disagreed.
Holmes is also charged with multiple counts of attempted murder. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
His trial is scheduled to begin in February.
(source: Associated Press)
april 4 2012 source : http://news.sky.com
Courts in the United States condemned fewer people to death last year than at any time in the country’s modern history. Greg Milam reports.
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