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The Contrived Disciplinary Records That Sent Melissa Lucio To Death Row
The Contrived Disciplinary Records That Sent Melissa Lucio To Death Row

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today stayed the scheduled Wednesday execution of Melissa Lucio, whose death sentence has sparked protests around the world as doubts have grown about her guilt in the 2007 death of her two year-old daughter Mariah.

The appellate court returned the case to the Cameron County, Texas court where Lucio was originally tried, to re-examine questions concerning her innocence -- and whether the state presented false testimony at trial and hid evidence from the defense. The court's ruling came only minutes before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles was set to vote on a recommendation that the governor delay Lucio's execution for at least 120 days.

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Intelligence officials in Great Britain are telling reporters that “the Kremlin’s real goal is to mobilize 1 million,” in the planned conscription announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, according to The Guardian newspaper in London. British defense officials “reiterated in a briefing on Friday that it was their belief it will be very hard for Russia to reach 300,000, never mind any larger figure.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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