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Supreme Court will decide if convicted sniper in 2002 District of Columbia-area killings can get new sentence

Supreme Court will decide if convicted sniper in 2002 District of Columbia-area killings can get new sentenceThe Supreme Court agreed to decide whether life-without-parole sentences for the primary gunman in a series of D.C.-area murders in 2002 must be reconsidered.



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Stop Politicizing the Christchurch Killings

Stop Politicizing the Christchurch KillingsAs the families of the 50 Muslims gunned down at two New Zealand Mosques on Friday mourned, Senator Fraser Anning of Queensland put out a widely condemned statement that effectively blamed the victims:> I don’t think I have ever seen a statement like this from an elected official after a terrorist attack: pic.twitter.com/83RCLcM7Mg> > — Seema (@LATSeema) March 15, 2019Later, as Anning was being interviewed by media, a teenage boy smashed an egg on his head. Anning responded by throwing punches at the young man.All this was caught on camera, of course, much as the massacre itself had been livestreamed on Facebook. Media and social media have undoubtedly exacerbated this tragedy. National Review’s Theodore Kupfer has noted the fascistic murderer’s “sh**posting” (online trolling which blurs the line between jokes about violence and actual violence) and his sadistic sense of irony, suggesting that he “wanted to deepen existing conflicts in a way that will prompt a cycle of overreach and radicalization.”If that was his wish, some people seem to be granting it.Whatever one thinks about the political “lessons to be learned” from this incident — guns, immigration, technology — the first response should surely be to console the grieving and to bury the dead. Instead, politicians and journalists have been scrambling to win another battle in the culture wars.Senator Anning tried to score points for his radical agenda with a heartless, knee-jerk response. In the U.K., Guardian journalist Nesrine Malik got to work on Twitter, juxtaposing commentators’ past moderate criticisms of Islam with their statements of sympathy for the Christchurch victims, arguing that they were in some way to blame for what happened. In the U.S., Chelsea Clinton was confronted by a protester who shouted that her criticisms of Representative Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments were to blame for the attacks. Everywhere, the politically active seemed to be losing their minds.It was hardly surprising, then, when a teenager soon joined in. You could not make this up: Eggboy was the top trending topic on Twitter on Saturday. His smashing an egg against Anning’s head while filming it for the purposes of social media was an expression of adolescent rage — inappropriate, yes but more excusable than Anning’s response. It was all a perfect microcosm of the wider cultural response to the shooting.Readers may recall Heath Ledger’s terrifying Joker in The Dark Knight. As well as a sadistic sense of humor and bloodlust, he had a disturbingly accurate understanding of human psychology. He knew how to bring out the absolute worst in people, to create chaos and sow hatred. In doing so he would rob people not only of their lives, but of their humanity.To be clear, it would be a grave mistake to attribute either cunning or sophistication to the bigoted thug behind the New Zealand attacks. But if it took neither cunning nor sophistication to produce such a shabby response from our politicians and pundits, what does that say about them?Before it became unfashionable, people used to offer prayers in times of tragedy. Whether or not they meant the gesture literally, it signaled a somber thoughtfulness and a hope for the future that are both sorely needed now. Of course, prayer won’t bring back the dead, it is no substitute for policy, and when used as a type of virtue signaling it can be irritating. But in the immediate aftermath of violence, it can — if nothing else — serve to remind us of a civilizing force.That is especially true in this case, where the slaughtered themselves were murdered while at prayer, cut down in the middle of a sacred communal ritual by an alienated, nihilistic, savage gunman. In the immediate aftermath of such horror, the least we can do is honor their memory.



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Students track fatal child shootings since Parkland killings

Students track fatal child shootings since Parkland killingsPARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A student journalism project has concluded that at least 1,149 children and teenagers died from a shooting in the year since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.



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Anti-Semitic killings in 2018 'highest' in decades: Israel

Anti-Semitic killings in 2018 'highest' in decades: IsraelThe number of Jews murdered in anti-Semitic attacks around the world in 2018 reached its “highest” level in decades after a mass shooting at a US synagogue, an Israeli government report said Sunday. A total of 13 Jews were killed in three separate attacks over the year, according to the 2018 Global anti-Semitism Report released on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A gunman shot dead 11 people at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh in October in America’s deadliest ever anti-Semitic attack.



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Suspect sought in 5 killings, including his parents, near Baton Rouge in an apparent domestic dispute

Suspect sought in 5 killings, including his parents, near Baton Rouge in an apparent domestic disputeAuthorities said the killings in two areas around Baton Rouge appeared to involve a domestic dispute.



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Dakota Theriot, suspect in 5 killings in Louisiana, arrested in Virginia

Dakota Theriot, suspect in 5 killings in Louisiana, arrested in VirginiaAuthorities said the killings in two areas around Baton Rouge appeared to involve a domestic dispute.



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Three police jailed for 40 years in first conviction over Philippine drug war killings

Three police jailed for 40 years in first conviction over Philippine drug war killingsA Philippine court found three police officers guilty on Thursday of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president's deadly crackdown on drugs. Regional Trial Court Presiding Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. ruled the officers murdered Kian Loyd Delos Santos during a raid in Caloocan city's slums in the Manila metropolis last year. It rejected the policemen's claim that the 17-year-old fired back while resisting arrest. The court sentenced the officers, Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz, to be imprisoned for up to 40 years without parole, although they can appeal. Activists light candles in front of the picture of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos in Manila Credit: AP Photo/Aaron Favila Aside from the prison term, the policemen, who appeared in court in handcuffs and yellow detainee shirts, were ordered to pay damages to Santos's impoverished family. President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown, which has left thousands of suspects dead, reportedly in clashes with the police, has alarmed Western governments and UN rights experts and horrified human rights watchdogs. The volatile president has stressed he does not condone extrajudicial killings, although he has repeatedly threatened drug suspects with death and has assured police he would back them up in ways that human rights watchdogs say have encouraged law enforcers to act with impunity. "A shoot first, think later attitude can never be countenanced in a civilized society. Never has homicide or murder been a function of law enforcement," Mr Azucena said in his ruling. "The public peace is never predicated on the cost of human life." Mr Duterte's government called the ruling "a triumph of justice" which disproved critics' assertion that the judiciary was a rubberstamp. "As we have always stressed, the conduct of the government's anti-illegal drug campaign is based on accountability. Therefore, we do not – and we will never – tolerate unjustified police violence, brutality or killing," presidential spokesman and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo told a news conference. Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros, who has railed against the drug killings, said the court decision proved that extrajudicial killings under Duterte's crackdown were being committed by rogue members of the national police force. "This is a light in the darkness," Ms Hontiveros said in a statement. "Despite the gruesome climate of killing and impunity in the country, this verdict sends the message that there is hope and justice. And we will fight for more light and truth until the darkness cannot overcome them." Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to pardon authorities involved in his bloody crackdown, but even he refused to defend the 2017 killing of Kian Delos Santos Credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images Ms Hontiveros said the numbers of drug killings, which started to rise when Mr Duterte took office in mid-2016 and launched his war against drugs, could not have reached "catastrophic levels if these killings did not have a sinister principle and policy behind them." Mr Duterte and police officials have repeatedly stated there was no state policy to kill drug suspects illegally. Mr Duterte faces at least two mass murder complaints before the International Criminal Court, which he said would never acquire jurisdiction over him. Delos Santos's killing on Aug 16, 2017, sparked an outcry and a televised Senate inquiry, and prompted Mr Duterte to temporarily order a small anti-drug agency with only about 1,000 men to oversee the campaign against illegal drugs. The crackdown had been previously led by the national police, which Mr Duterte once described as "corrupt to the core." The policemen claimed Delos Santos was a drug dealer who fired at officers during the raid, but his family and witnesses testified in official investigations that he was shot in a dark alley near a creek as he pleaded for his life.



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The Suspect in a Series of California Killings Had Already Been Deported Six Times, Officials Say

The Suspect in a Series of California Killings Had Already Been Deported Six Times, Officials SayRamon Escobar, 47, is suspected of killing three people and injuring four



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$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in Texas

$  2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in TexasHOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $ 2.5 million bond in Texas, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape.



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Suspect in 6 Arizona killings never got over his divorce

Suspect in 6 Arizona killings never got over his divorcePHOENIX (AP) — Dwight Lamon Jones apparently never put his bitter divorce behind him.



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