Mark Brnovich Seeks Execution Warrant for Arizona Death Row Inmate Murray Hooper

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) filed a notice at the Arizona Supreme Court Tuesday, declaring the state’s intent to seek an execution warrant for death row inmate Murray Hooper.

“Our state recognizes that those who commit the most heinous crimes deserve the ultimate punishment,” Brnovich said. “It is the appropriate response, and we must faithfully carry out the court-ordered sentences for the victims, their families, and our communities.”

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Rothman Proposal Would Make Death Penalty Likelier for Killings at Pennsylvania Schools, Certain Other Settings

Pennsylvania state Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Camp Hill) last week announced he intends to introduce a measure allowing courts to impose the death penalty for killings based on their taking place in some settings including schools.

Currently, a convict can receive a death sentence in the Keystone State if a court finds he or she committed a murder to which at least one of 18 statutorily defined “aggravating circumstances” and no “mitigating circumstances” apply. Aggravating circumstances include the victim having served as a police officer or other first responder, the defendant having committed the killing for hire or the killer having held the victim hostage. Mitigating circumstances include the perpetrator having no prior criminal history or the killer having committed his or her crime under “extreme duress.”

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