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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Arizona: Man sentenced to death for murder of pregnant girlfriend

Dwandarrius Robinson
PHOENIX - A Valley man has been sentenced to death for the 2012 murder of his pregnant girlfriend, officials said Monday.

Dwandarrius Robinson, 27, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of arson of an occupied structure, and one count of kidnapping.

According to officials, Robinson called 911 on July 18, 2012 reporting that he'd arrived at his north Phoenix apartment to find it on fire, and was unsure if his girlfriend was still inside.

Firefighters entered the home and found 21-year-old Shaniqua Hall, who was 9 months pregnant at the time, bound with duct tape, a rag shoved down her throat, and handcuffed inside a bedroom.

Investigators found evidence that the fire had been intentionally set and an accelerant used.

During the trial's penalty phase, jurors found seven aggravating factors, leaving Robinson eligible for the death penalty.

“The callous and inhumane killing of his girlfriend and their unborn child is the worst example of a man utterly failing those who counted on him for love and support," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. "The jury’s verdict accurately and properly imposes the death penalty as a just and proportionate punishment for these despicable crimes.”

Source: abc15.com, May 22, 2018


Mesa man escapes death penalty, gets life in prison for beating 4-year-old to death


Family and friends remembered Anays Chenal Carimbocas as a happy 4-year-old who loved to dance and pass out bunches of flowers to those around her. 

But Anays' young life was cut short in 2011 when she was brutally beaten to death by her mother's fiancé, 28-year-old Jose Luis Gonzales-Dominguez.

"You knew your violence caused her terrible suffering and you did nothing to alleviate the suffering," Judge Warren Granville told Gonzales-Dominguez on Monday during his sentencing in Maricopa County Superior Court. "And it was that suffering that led to her lingering death. 

Gonzales-Dominguez was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his then-fiancée's 4-year-old daughter. 

In 2014, a jury convicted the Mesa man of first-degree murder and five counts of child abuse. He was sentenced to 44 additional years for five counts of child abuse in connection with the murder. A mistrial was declared when the jury could not decide whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison for the murder conviction

Gonzales-Dominguez took a plea deal in April, which let him avoid the death penalty by accepting a sentence of life in prison.

"I'm very sorry for everything that happened," Gonzales-Dominguez told the court through a Spanish interpreter. "I really am very sorry."

Anays had been living in a one-bedroom apartment in Mesa with Gonzales-Dominguez, three siblings and her mother, 34-year-old Crystal Carimbocas in 2011. Gonzales-Dominguez was regularly tasked with watching the four children while Carimbocas worked. 

Court documents said Anays was taken to the hospital after she stopped breathing in May 2011. An autopsy found she sustained countless injuries, including a lacerated liver, torn bowels, internal bruising, a fractured pelvis and 14 fractured ribs. Many of the injuries were months old. 

Skull fracture, brain hemorrhage


The Maricopa County medical examiner ultimately determined Anays' death was caused by a skull fracture and a hemorrhage in the brain, which were much more recent than the other injuries. They were likely caused hours before her death. 

Gonzales-Dominguez told Mesa Police he had taken the children to the pool at the apartment complex, police record show. He claimed Anays must have fallen while trying to get into the water. He later changed the story and said the injuries must have been caused while she was playing "rough" with a sibling. 

Surveillance footage showed Gonzales-Dominguez didn't go to the pool that day as it had been closed. 

'Gray and sick'


Prosecutors argued Carimbocas left for that night even though Anays looked "gray and sick." By then, the torn intestine had caused fecal matter to fester in her abdominal cavity, resulting in a serious infection, the pre-sentence report shows.

Carimbocas later called 911 when she returned from work and found her daughter's conditions had worsened, the report said. 

The Arizona Department of Child Safety later released a statement saying it had received a report of possible child abuse after Anays was taken to the hospital with bruised eyes, a swollen face and broken blood vessels on her ear. Investigators ruled the injuries were accidental at the time, but they were tied Gonzales-Dominguez after the trial. 

Prosecutors said Carimbocas didn't physically abuse Anays. But she was considered an accomplice because she stood by as Gonzales-Dominguez abused her daughter and did not immediately report the injuries.

She was convicted in 2014 of first-degree murder and domestic violence offenses for committing a dangerous crime against a child. 

Carimbocas was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of release after 35 years for her role in the death. Granville also gave Carimbocas two additional consecutive sentences of 28 years and 13 years for two child abuse charges.

Source: azcentral, Bree Burkitt, May 22, 2018


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