Feature

Life instead of death

The week's news at a glance.

Richmond, Va.

A convicted killer who would have been the 1,000th American executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 was granted clemency this week, just hours before he was scheduled to die. Robin Lovitt, 42, was convicted of stabbing a man to death with a pair of scissors during a 1998 pool hall robbery. Lovitt admits he participated in the robbery, but claims he was in the bathroom when the killing took place. His lawyers have argued that DNA tests on the scissors could prove his innocence. But authorities disposed of the scissors after Lovitt was convicted—a factor cited by Democratic Virginia Gov. Mark Warner when he commuted Lovitt’s sentence from death to life in prison. “I believe clemency should only be exercised in the most extraordinary circumstances,” Warner said. “The improper discarding of evidence” by prosecutors, he said, was such a circumstance.

Recommended

Initial German exit polls show startlingly close race
German election.
neck-and-neck

Initial German exit polls show startlingly close race

Good riddance, Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel.
Samuel Goldman

Good riddance, Angela Merkel

China may have just 'strengthened its bargaining position' through 'hostage diplomacy'
Meng Wanzhou.
a win for beijing?

China may have just 'strengthened its bargaining position' through 'hostage diplomacy'

Taliban foot soldiers warned against taking selfies with leaders because of security concerns
Taliban fighters.
put the phones away

Taliban foot soldiers warned against taking selfies with leaders because of security concerns

Most Popular

Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman almost make it through interview without awkwardness
Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman
Last Night on Late Night

Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman almost make it through interview without awkwardness

Democrats are governing like Republicans
A donkey.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

Democrats are governing like Republicans

7 cartoons about America's vaccine fights
Editorial Cartoon.
Feature

7 cartoons about America's vaccine fights