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  • AP110110118129By all accounts, Jared Loughner's high-powered lawyer is an expert at keeping her clients off death row, even in the cases of reviled lone-wolf killers such as Ted Kaczynski and Atlanta Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph.

    But can Judy Clarke take the death penalty out of play for Loughner, whose alleged horrifying rampage left six people dead, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl?

    Though the Justice Department has not yet said whether it will pursue a death-penalty sentence, veteran lawyers told the Associated Press that federal prosecutors are likely to seek the ultimate punishment, given the gravity of the charges against Loughner.

    Clarke has two main ways she could try to fend off the death sentence:

    First, Clarke could convince a jury that Loughner's mental illness was so severe that he did not understand what he was doing was wrong when he began to kill. (This is assuming Loughner will plead guilty, given the many witnesses to the crime and the FBI evidence that suggests he had a grudge against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.) Loughner would then be committed to a mental institution instead of prison.

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  • Assange’s attorneys fear U.S. would put him to death

    AP110111113079Attorneys representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Britain are arguing that he could be put to death or locked up in Guantanamo Bay if he is extradited to Sweden to face rape and sexual assaults charges in that country -- because the American government would probably seek to extradite Assange to the U.S. if Sweden's request is fulfilled.

    According to The Guardian:

    "In a skeleton summary of their defence against attempts by the Swedish director of public prosecutions to extradite him, released today, Assange's legal team argue that there is a similar likelihood that the US would subsequently seek his extradition 'and/or illegal rendition', 'where there will be a real risk of him being detained at Guantánamo Bay or elsewhere'.

    "'Indeed, if Mr Assange were rendered to the USA, without assurances that the death penalty would not be carried out, there is a real risk that he could be made subject to the death penalty. It is well known that prominent figures have implied, if not stated outright, that Mr Assange should be executed.'"

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  • Loughner"I know how to cut a body open and eat you for more then a week. ;-)"

    "Does anyone have aggression 24/7?"

    "Being alone for a very long time will inevitably lead you to rape."

    These postings to an online gaming forum, and others like them, shed further light on the troubled mental state of Jared Loughner, the suspect in Saturday's deadly Tucson shootings.

    The postings, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, suggest that over the last year, Loughner grew increasingly angry and tormented over his inability to maintain a job, his lack of success with women, and his general isolation from society. And like some of his previously reported online postings, they suggest an interest in the fringe conspiracy theory that mathematics is being used as a form of social control.

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  • Chelsea look to tighten stranglehold on Premier League title race
    Chelsea look to tighten stranglehold on Premier League title race

    Having claimed the season's first major trophy, Chelsea will attempt to tighten their stranglehold on the Premier League title race when they visit West Ham United in mid-week. Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Wembley on Sunday to lift the League Cup and they were given double cause for celebration by Manchester City's 2-1 defeat at Liverpool earlier in the day. Chelsea now lead second-place City by five points with a game in hand, leaving manager Jose Mourinho well placed to repeat the feat from his first season at the club, 10 years ago, when his side followed up success in the League Cup by romping to the title by a 12-point margin.

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