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Capital Punishment

Prosecutor to weigh death penalty in cop shooting

Prosecutor to weigh death penalty in cop shooting

CROWN POINT | The Lake County prosecutor's office will spend the coming weeks determining whether a Gary man should face the death penalty over allegations he ambushed Gary patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield earlier this month.

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Westerfield first Gary cop shot in line of duty since 1998

Westerfield first Gary cop shot in line of duty since 1998

Officer Jeffrey Westerfield was the first Gary police officer shot in the line of duty in 16 years.

July 07, 2014 11:47 am Photos

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The Daily Fix

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May 06, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: A look at life after the death penalty

RICH JAMES: A look at life after the death penalty

We likely will argue the merits of the death penalty until the end of time.

June 23, 2013 12:00 am
YOUNG VOICES: Capital punishment is blinding Americans

YOUNG VOICES: Capital punishment is blinding Americans

The definition of homicide is the unlawful killing of one human being by another. We give capital punishment to those who have committed homicide, yet capital punishment is itself homicide.

November 21, 2011 12:00 am

Judge vows racial justice for murder defendant and prosecutors

CROWN POINT | Lake County's race history could be in the docket next month along with a Gary man going on trial for death penalty murder.

August 07, 2011 12:00 am

Judge warns: Jury duty or jail

CROWN POINT | A potential juror in the upcoming death penalty murder trial of a Gary man narrowly avoided jail herself Thursday.

August 04, 2011 7:00 pm

Costs for capital murder trial involving Gary man begin rolling in

CROWN POINT | The public already is being billed $250,000 for a death penalty trial that doesn't begin for more than seven weeks.

August 04, 2011 3:30 pm

Veteran deputy prosecutor gives his closing

Lake County deputy prosecutor John Burke has rested his case after 37 years of putting murderers and other hardened criminals away.

July 05, 2011 5:30 pm

Death penalty juror choices may take months

CROWN POINT | Jury selection for the capital murder trial of a Gary man will begin in April, more than five months before the first evidence is presented.

March 18, 2011 5:00 pm
MARK KIESLING: Quinn's move surprising, but not dramatic

MARK KIESLING: Quinn's move surprising, but not dramatic

I am not sure that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has done anything but make a temporary situation permanent by signing the abolition of the death penalty in that state.

March 13, 2011 12:00 am
Quinn abolishes death penalty

Quinn abolishes death penalty

SPRINGFIELD | After two decades of debate about the risk of executing an innocent person, Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday, a decision that was certain to fuel renewed calls for other states to do the same.

March 09, 2011 12:21 pm

Quinn will decide fate of 15 on death row

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn said he would decide the fate of inmates now on death row when he reaches a decision on whether to sign legislation abolishing the death penalty.

February 06, 2011 12:00 am
A matter of life or death

A matter of life or death

Bill and Glenda Breeden embrace during the 168 minutes of silence held by the anti-death penalty protesters outside the federal prison in Terre Haute where Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 10, 2001.

January 30, 2011 12:00 am
A matter of life or death

A matter of life or death

On April 6, Wayne Kubsch, a 43-year-old Mishawaka man convicted of fatally stabbing his wife and stepson and his wife's ex-husband in 1998, is set to join a list of 20 other convicted murderers executed by the state of Indiana.

January 30, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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A matter of life or death

A matter of life or death

Bill and Glenda Breeden embrace during the 168 minutes of silence protest held by anti-death penalty protesters outside the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute where Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 10, 2001.

January 26, 2011 12:06 pm
Indiana State Prison

Indiana State Prison

Indiana State Prison in Michigan City is where Death Row prisoners are housed and where capital punishment is administered. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977, 20 inmates have been executed.

January 23, 2011 12:00 am

Death penalty ban one signature away

SPRINGFIELD | The pressure is on the governor's pen. All eyes are on Illinois to see if it becomes the 16th state to kill the death penalty.

January 20, 2011 12:00 am
Death row serial killer's life could be spared again

Death row serial killer's life could be spared again

A convicted serial killer sitting on death row in Illinois for the 1996 murder of a Hammond woman had his life spared once and possibly could again, at least in Illinois.

January 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Death penalty decision now up to Quinn

Death penalty decision now up to Quinn

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to abolish capital punishment, sending the historic issue to Gov. Pat Quinn and putting the state back at the center of an ongoing national debate.

January 12, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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