Death penalty

Kim Kardashian pleads for clemency for Texas death row inmate on Twitter

Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kim Kardashian West used her social media prowess on Saturday to urge Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to halt a death row inmate’s scheduled execution.

"Please @GovAbott How can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicate the other person of interest. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING."
— Kim Kardashian West

Barr plans death penalty fast-track for mass shooters and police killers

 US Attorney General William Barr delivers remarks on citizenship and the census in the Rose Garden
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Attorney General Bill Barr told the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans Monday the Trump administration will push for legislation fast-tracking the death penalty in cases of mass shootings or the killing of police officers.

"I will share with you one proposal that we will be advancing after Labor Day.  We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder of a law enforcement officer, there will be a timetable for judicial proceedings that will allow imposition of any death sentence without undue delay.  Punishment must be swift and certain."
— Attorney General Bill Barr speech to the Fraternal Order of Police

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