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Apr 17, 2015

‘Drop the death penalty,’ say parents of Boston bombing victim

BOSTON (Reuters) – The parents of the boy who was the youngest to die in the attack on the Boston Marathon asked federal prosecutors to abandon their effort to sentence the bomber to death, in a statement on the front page of the Boston Globe on Friday.

Bill and Denise Martin, parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, instead urged the U.S. Department of Justice to seek a deal in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted last week of the 2013 attack, would waive his appeal rights in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. objects to Boston bomber’s lawyers’ call to ‘look deep inside’

BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Thursday objected to what they said was a call by lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that jurors “look deep inside” themselves when considering whether they believe the testimony of foreign witnesses.

In a filing in Boston federal court, prosecutors said they objected to what they said was the defense’s request that U.S. District Judge George O’Toole instruct the jurors to consider whether they are naturally prejudiced in favor of “people like themselves” and if they tend to discredit the testimony of foreign witnesses.

Apr 16, 2015

Ex-NFL star Hernandez’s murder conviction poses legal challenge

BOSTON (Reuters) – The intense publicity around Wednesday’s conviction of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez for a 2013 murder will make it more difficult to seat an impartial jury in the next trial he faces, on charges of a 2012 double slaying.

However, the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole that he received for the first-degree murder of an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd, also raises the possibility that prosecutors in Boston would agree to a plea deal that would spare a second trial, legal experts said.

Apr 15, 2015

Boston marks somber second anniversary of deadly marathon bombing

BOSTON (Reuters) – The city of Boston faces a somber day on Wednesday as it marks the second anniversary of the bombing attack on its marathon that killed three people and injured 264.

Mayor Martin Walsh plans to mark the day with a low-key ceremony at the site where twin pressure-cooker bombs went off on April 15, 2013, ripping through a crowd of some of the thousands of spectators, volunteers and athletes at the Boston Marathon.

Apr 15, 2015

Presidential hopeful Christie risks backlash with retiree policy

NEW YORK/MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, risking a backlash from older Americans, on Tuesday proposed cutting Social Security retirement benefits for the wealthy as he sought to stand out from a crowded Republican 2016 presidential election field.

With the biggest policy proposal so far among the Republican White House hopefuls, Christie spoke in the early voting state of New Hampshire. He was seen a few months ago as one of the top Republican contenders for the party’s nomination but has since been eclipsed by others.

Apr 14, 2015

U.S. presidential hopeful Christie risks backlash with retiree policy

NEW YORK/MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, April 14 (Reuters) – New
Jersey Governor Chris Christie, risking a backlash from older
Americans, on Tuesday proposed cutting Social Security
retirement benefits for the wealthy as he sought to stand out
from a crowded Republican 2016 presidential election field.

With the biggest policy proposal so far among the Republican
White House hopefuls, Christie spoke in the early voting state
of New Hampshire. He was seen a few months ago as one of the top
Republican contenders for the party’s nomination but has since
been eclipsed by others.

Apr 14, 2015

Few paths open, U.S. presidential hopeful Christie aims at Social Security

NEW YORK/MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday touched on one of the more controversial policy issues – reforming the Social Security programme for retirees – as he sought to regain attention in a crowded Republican 2016 presidential election field.

Christie, despite potential disapproval from some within his own party and voters leery of losing their benefits, proposed an overhaul of the popular programme in a speech in New Hampshire, an early primary state for presidential hopefuls.

Apr 14, 2015

New Jersey’s Christie heads to New Hampshire as White House race heats up

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a possible Republican 2016 White House contender, is set to speak to voters in New Hampshire on Tuesday, during a week that will see a wave of presidential hopefuls barnstorm the key early-voting state.

Christie, lauded for his management of the state’s recovery from the devastating Superstorm Sandy in 2012 but more recently rapped for alleged political bullying in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, will commence his visit with a speech to a politically connected audience at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester.

Apr 10, 2015

Convicted Boston bomber’s death penalty phase to begin April 21

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial enters a new phase on April 21 as federal prosecutors begin to mount their case for putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for killing three people and injuring 264 others in the 2013 attack.

The same jury that on Wednesday found Tsarnaev, 21, guilty of carrying out one of the most shocking attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, will hear from more prosecution and defense witnesses before determining whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.

Apr 9, 2015

Judge in Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial warns of mistrial risk

By Scott Malone

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – The judge in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial on Thursday reprimanded a local television station after two jurors reported being followed by one of its trucks, warning the incident could have led to a mistrial.

The jury has begun its third day of deliberations on whether Hernandez, 25, is guilty of murdering an associate, in the first of two murder trials he faces this year. After the jury in Fall River, Massachusetts, determines whether he killed semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, he will face a trial in Boston on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean men outside a nightclub in 2012.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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