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Va. Gov Denies Clemency to DC Sniper

Muhammad will be executed tonight in Virginia

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has denied clemency for Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad, clearing the way for Muhammad's execution at 9pm tonight. Muhammad, whose appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court yesterday, will die by lethal injection, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . His 2002 shooting spree with younger accomplice Lee Boyd...

Supreme Court Won't Spare Beltway Sniper

Execution set for tomorrow as request for more time fails

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency appeal from John Allen Muhammad, also known as the Beltway sniper, clearing the way for his execution tomorrow. Muhammad’s lawyers said he needed more time to prepare his appeals. Although justices Stevens, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor questioned Virginia law for not affording convicts...

Execution Set for DC Sniper
 Execution Set for DC Sniper 

Execution Set for DC Sniper

(Newser) - John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind behind the sniper attacks that rocked the Southeast in 2002, will be executed on Nov. 10, the AP reports. The attorney general’s office had requested a Nov. 9 execution, but a Virginia judge chose to set it a day later so that it would...

Aussie Snipers Guard Penguins

(Newser) - Sharpshooters with night-vision goggles have been dispatched to protect a penguin colony near Sydney, Australia, the BBC reports. The mutilated bodies of nine fairy penguins—the world's smallest penguin species at just 15 inches high—from the vulnerable colony have been found over the last two weeks. Wildlife officials have...

Pellet Gun Sniper Targets Calif. Freeway

Drivers hit as they pass hilly lowland

(Newser) - A sniper who has been using a San Francisco-area freeway for target practice has hit nearly a dozen cars over the past two weeks, KGO-TV reports. Police are trying to find the perpetrator—who they say may be using an air-powered rifle from nearby hills or parks—before someone is...

New Sniper Rifles Boost Range, Accuracy

Pirate standoff calls attention to classified Pentagon project

(Newser) - The M107 sniper rifle is enjoying its pirate-fueled moment in the sun, but don't get used to it: Firearms being developed in a super-secret Pentagon program will extend snipers' range from 800 or so meters to more than 2,000 without losing accuracy, Time reports. What's more, bullets created...

Suspected Dallas Sniper Is Ex-Trooper

He shoots himself after highway attacks that killed two

(Newser) - Authorities say a man suspected in a series of rush-hour shootings near Dallas is a former Utah state trooper. Dallas police said today that 37-year-old Brian Smith killed at least one of the two victims of Monday's rampage. Smith shot and injured himself after a standoff with police and is...

DC Sniper Demands End to Death-Row Appeals

'Murder this innocent black man,' he pleads

(Newser) - Convicted DC sniper John Allen Muhammad has called on prosecutors to help stop his attorneys from pursuing appeals to overturn his death sentence. Muhammad, convicted in the 2002 shooting spree that killed 10 strangers, said in a handwritten letter that any appeals “have been done against mine will,”...

Bill Blasts Media Over Hillary's 'Sniper' Misfire

'You woulda thought that she'd robbed a bank,' wails ex-prez

(Newser) - Just when you thought the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's trip to Bosnia had died down, Bill Clinton resuscitated it with an impassioned defense of his wife's claims. During a rally at an Indiana high school, the former president lashed out at the media for treating Hillary as if "she'd...

Clinton Pokes Fun at Her Sniper-Fire Gaffe

Senator jokes to Leno that she almost missed the show

(Newser) - Making light of a major campaign embarrassment, Hillary Clinton quipped to Jay Leno last night that she almost missed the show due to sniper fire, USA Today reports. “I was worried I wasn’t going to make it. I was pinned down by sniper fire at the Burbank airport,...

Clinton 'Misspoke' About Dodging Bosnia Sniper

Dem backtracks as Obama camp pounces

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton had to dodge sniper fire when she landed at the start of a goodwill tour of Bosnia in 1996—at least that’s what the senator said last week. But after an archive CBS news video showed the then-first lady smiling and waving without a single bullet whizzing...

GI Gets 10 Years for Iraqi Murder
GI Gets 10 Years for Iraqi Murder

GI Gets 10 Years for Iraqi Murder

Sniper tried to cover tracks after killing unarmed civilian

(Newser) - A US Army sniper was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday after a court martial found him guilty of murdering an Iraqi civilian. The Iraqi was shot when he stumbled upon the sniper's hideout, and a weapon was planted on the body to make it appear that the victim...

Snipers Felt Pressured to Deliver Kills

Soldiers on trial: Army encouraged 'baiting' to increase body counts

(Newser) - Army commanders pressured their elite “Painted Demons” sniper unit to up the body count, say members standing trial for murder, leading them to plant evidence and “bait” Iraqis. “It felt like, ‘What are you guys doing wrong out there?’” one sniper told the LA Times....

US Sniper Program 'Baits' Insurgents
US Sniper Program 'Baits' Insurgents

US Sniper Program 'Baits' Insurgents

Iraqis who pick up planted weapons shot immediately

(Newser) - A classified Pentagon program urges snipers in Iraq to “bait” potential militants by scattering weapons and ammunition and shooting anyone who picks them up, the Washington Post reports. The program, detailed in documents from the murder trial of three snipers accused of planting evidence on victims, raises issues because...

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