Death penalty

New Hampshire overrides veto, becoming 21st state to abolish death penalty

Gov. Chris Sununu
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The New Hampshire Senate voted on Thursday to eliminate the death penalty, overriding Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's veto, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Capital punishment is on the decline. As of today, 21 states have dissolved the act, with New Hampshire being the final to ban the measure in the New England region. However, the vote to abolish was mostly symbolic — New Hampshire's practice is practically inactive. Only one person in the state is on death row, who will now be in prison for life with no chance for parole.

Suspected California synagogue shooter pleads not guilty to hate crime charges

John T Earnest, the accused shooter at the Chabad of Poway synagogue
John Earnest. Photo: Nelvin C. Cepeda-Pool/Getty Images

John Earnest pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges on Tuesday after allegedly opening fire on a synagogue in Southern California last month, reports AP.

Context: Earnest, 19, is suspected of killing 1 woman and injuring 3 others at the Chabad of Poway synagogue on April 27. The affidavit indicates that Earnest called 911 after driving away from the synagogue and said: “I just shot up a synagogue,” explaining to the police dispatcher that he did it “because Jewish people are destroying the white race.” He has pleaded not guilty to state murder charges and separately to state and federal charges of arson at an Escondido, California, mosque. Prosecutors have not determined whether they will pursue the death penalty.

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