My turn: President deserving of respect

To spotlight American jurisprudence, I would have preferred that we had captured Osama bin Laden, given him a fair trial, then executed him — but I won’t quibble. Besides hard-to-resist revenge for 9/11, his death highlighted birthers’ pettifoggery. Although a legal short-form birth certificate for President Obama had been released, and a news clipping announcing [...]

Senators hear from former death-row inmate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican About six weeks before he was to be executed by the state of Illinois, Randy Steidl’s mother went to a cemetery and purchased a burial plot for him. “That’s something a mother should never have to do,” Steidl told a reporter Friday. Steidl came to Santa Fe to try [...]

Saddam executed

By Christopher Torchia and Qassim Abdul-Zahra: The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday. It was a grim end [...]