Supreme Court won’t undo death penalty for inmate alleging anti-gay bias in jury

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday it won’t hear a case contesting the death penalty of gay man in South Dakota despite evidence suggesting the jury invoked the punishment based on his sexual orientation.

Without explanation, the Supreme Court announced in an order list it wouldn’t hear the petition filed by a public defender in February on behalf of Charles Rhines, who’s been on death row for 22 years and sought to have his penalty reviewed.

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US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. on Tuesday announced it has withdrawn from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told reporters during a press conference at the State Department that Cuba, Venezuela, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries “with unambiguous and abhorrent human rights records” are members of the council. She also accused the council of having a “chronic bias against” Israel.

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White House: Vote against UN death penalty resolution not about gays

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The Trump administration is pushing back against criticism over its vote at the United Nations against a resolution repudiating the death penalty, saying the move wasn’t about the application of the punishment to same-sex relationships.

A White House National Security Council spokesperson said Tuesday the vote against the measure is consistent with other U.S. votes at the United Nations against the death penalty resolution in previous administrations.

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Washington prosecutor won’t seek death penalty for defendant accused of killing gay couple

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SEATTLE (AP) – A Washington state prosecutor says he won’t seek the death penalty against Ali Muhammad Brown, who authorities say claimed to have committed killings in Seattle and New Jersey in 2014 to protest U.S. foreign policy.

Brown was recently sentenced to more than 36 years in prison in New Jersey after being convicted of robbery and other crimes, and he’s awaiting trial there for the death of a 19-year-old motorist. Following that case he’s expected to be returned to Washington, where he’s accused of killing a man in Skyway and two young men outside a Seattle gay nightclub.

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