Federal Execution Delayed Due to Racial and Geographic Concerns
Citing the absence of clemency procedures and concerns about racial and geographic disparities in death penalty cases, President Clinton is planning to postpone what was to be the first federal execution in almost 40 years. The Justice Department is compiling a report that will try to determine if members of racial minorities or individuals in specific parts of the country are more likely to face the federal death penalty. Since 1988, the attorney general has authorized the death penalty against 199 defendants, more than three-fourths of which were members of minority groups. Between 1995 and 1998, there were 471 death penalty cases submitted to the Justice Department with just under half of those cases originating in five judicial districts. The study should be completed within a week to two.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .