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Prosecutors to seek death penalty for alleged Florida high school shooter.

Now formally facing the death penalty, the suspect in the Valentine’s Day school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida is headed for a court appearance Wednesday on a 34-count indictment. An arraignment hearing is set for 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, whose attorneys say he will plead guilty to all charges if the death penalty is...
Time: 02:07     Date: 14.03.2018
Last US News: Prosecutors to seek death penalty for alleged Florida high school shooter. NY Post 24 - US News

An arraignment hearing is set for 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, whose attorneys say he will plead guilty to all charges if the death penalty is not pursued in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. But Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz on Tuesday filed formal notice that prosecutors will indeed seek capital punishment.

Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Cruz, has said there were so many warning signs that Cruz was mentally unstable and potentially violent, and that the death penalty might be going too far.

In an email Tuesday, Finkelstein said Cruz is “immediately ready” to plead guilty in return for 34 consecutive life sentences.

“We are not saying he is not guilty but we can’t plead guilty while death is still on the table,” Finkelstein said.

If Cruz does not enter a plea himself — known as standing mute before the court — a not guilty plea will likely be entered on his behalf by Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer to keep the legal process moving along, his attorneys have said.

In every case, there is always the possibility of a plea deal. The only other penalty option for Cruz, if convicted, is life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie Guttenberg died in the shooting, was angry the state decided to pursue the death penalty, noting how tortuously long capital punishment cases last.

“This guy’s is willing to plea and spend the rest of his life in the general population. Let him do that and let them do what they want with him,” Guttenberg said. “Why not take the plea and let the guy rot in hell?”

Metro

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Transit Authority boss’ rosy subway outlook: We are ‘turning the corner’.
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Metro News: Lawmaker wants pet stores to only sell animals from shelters, rescue groups. NY Post 24 - US News
Lawmaker wants pet stores to only sell animals from shelters, rescue groups.
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Metro News: De Blasio dodges questions about plan to fire top watchdog. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio dodges questions about plan to fire top watchdog.
Mayor de Blasio on Monday night dodged questions about his involvement in a City Hall plot to sack the city’s top watchdog....
Metro News: Mobster takes plea deal for failed hit on ex-business associate. NY Post 24 - US News
Mobster takes plea deal for failed hit on ex-business associate.
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Metro News: Ex-pension chief’s cushy gas company gig raises eyebrows. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-pension chief’s cushy gas company gig raises eyebrows.
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Metro News: Inside the massive NYC security operation for UN General Assembly. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside the massive NYC security operation for UN General Assembly.
Teams of federal agents are huddled in a high-rise hotel over Midtown watching over the city’s shoreline and streets...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The mystery of the missing JFK runway. NY Post 24 - US News
The mystery of the missing JFK runway.
Why doesn’t the Port Authority’s plan for a ritzy $10 billion plan to overhaul John F. Kennedy International Airport...
Last US News - Opinion: Carranza mission to make school buses run on time. NY Post 24 - US News
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Last US News - Opinion: Enough with the smearing of Brett Kavanaugh. NY Post 24 - US News
Enough with the smearing of Brett Kavanaugh.
A defiant Brett Kavanaugh tells the Senate Judiciary Committee he will not allow the ongoing smears from Democratic sources...
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The assault on Kavanaugh is proving Trump voters right.
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Last US News - Opinion: Drive to destroy Kavanaugh is the worst of feminism. NY Post 24 - US News
Drive to destroy Kavanaugh is the worst of feminism.
The Democratic response to the allegation that 3 ¹/₂ decades ago, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh assaulted...

Living

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New study shows grade school girls read better than boys.
Grade-school girls have consistently outperformed boys in reading skills over the past 27 years, a new study has found. Girls...
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Story behind teen’s incredible survival after being stranded at sea.
The Indonesian teen already had one of the loneliest jobs on the planet. For $130 a month for the past three years, Aldi...
US Living News: Experts say your posture is terrible and wrecking your health. NY Post 24 - US News
Experts say your posture is terrible and wrecking your health.
Slouching is nothing to shrug at. Experts say that poor posture — long regarded as a mere aesthetic concern that made sufferers...
US Living News: Can these weird gizmos really correct poor posture?. NY Post 24 - US News
Can these weird gizmos really correct poor posture?.
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US Living News: These senior citizens held a field day and served up major #fitspo. NY Post 24 - US News
These senior citizens held a field day and served up major #fitspo.
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US Living News: Girl gets safety pin stuck up nose. NY Post 24 - US News
Girl gets safety pin stuck up nose.
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Scrabble adds 300 new words, including the long-awaited ‘OK’.
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US Living News: Prisons ban visitors from wearing tampons to prevent ‘contraband’. NY Post 24 - US News
Prisons ban visitors from wearing tampons to prevent ‘contraband’.
RICHMOND, Va. — Women who visit inmates at Virginia prisons will be barred from wearing tampons or menstrual cups under...

Business

Last US Business News: Instagram co-founders reportedly resign from company. NY Post 24 - US News
Instagram co-founders reportedly resign from company.
Co-founders of Facebook’s Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, have resigned and plan to leave the photo-sharing...
Last US Business News: Let’s look ahead to the Fed’s December meeting. NY Post 24 - US News
Let’s look ahead to the Fed’s December meeting.
The Federal Reserve’s policy committee is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. But let’s not talk about that. Instead, let’s...
Last US Business News: Michael Kors shares sink amid Versace rumors. NY Post 24 - US News
Michael Kors shares sink amid Versace rumors.
This outfit looks a little flashy for Michael Kors. Shares dropped Monday on reports that the US-based designer of affordable...
Last US Business News: Comcast shares slide over concerns about Sky price tag. NY Post 24 - US News
Comcast shares slide over concerns about Sky price tag.
Shares of Comcast fell 6 percent on Monday, as investors feared the cable giant overpaid for UK pay-TV provider Sky. Comcast...
Last US Business News: NFL ratings continue upward trend. NY Post 24 - US News
NFL ratings continue upward trend.
It’s still early in the season, but the NFL’s TV ratings are showing signs of life. Buoyed by viewer interest in the...
Last US Business News: Jerome Powell expected to make rare comments this week. NY Post 24 - US News
Jerome Powell expected to make rare comments this week.
This was pointed out to me the other day. Fed chief Powell hardly ever makes comments on economic events outside of his regular...
Last US Business News: Ernst & Young gets slapped with another sex-harassment suit. NY Post 24 - US News
Ernst & Young gets slapped with another sex-harassment suit.
Ernst & Young has been slapped with yet another lawsuit claiming that its offices are plagued with rampant sex harassment...
Last US Business News: Eddie Lampert pushes plan for Sears to avoid bankruptcy. NY Post 24 - US News
Eddie Lampert pushes plan for Sears to avoid bankruptcy.
Eddie Lampert is really sounding the alarms. The hedge fund mogul and largest shareholder in Sears Holdings claims that “Sears...

Metro

Metro News: Transit Authority boss’ rosy subway outlook: We are ‘turning the corner’. NY Post 24 - US News
Transit Authority boss’ rosy subway outlook: We are ‘turning the corner’.
His rosy outlook may not match the opinions of most straphangers, but NYC Transit Authority boss Andy Byford was filled with...
Metro News: Lawmaker wants pet stores to only sell animals from shelters, rescue groups. NY Post 24 - US News
Lawmaker wants pet stores to only sell animals from shelters, rescue groups.
With Albany struggling to get it done statewide, a dogged Brooklyn pol says he’ll introduce legislation requiring New York...
Metro News: De Blasio dodges questions about plan to fire top watchdog. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio dodges questions about plan to fire top watchdog.
Mayor de Blasio on Monday night dodged questions about his involvement in a City Hall plot to sack the city’s top watchdog....
Metro News: Mobster takes plea deal for failed hit on ex-business associate. NY Post 24 - US News
Mobster takes plea deal for failed hit on ex-business associate.
The mob’s Mr. Magoo took a page from “The Sopranos’’ to try to exterminate a rat — but he botched the job. Joseph...
Metro News: Ex-pension chief’s cushy gas company gig raises eyebrows. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-pension chief’s cushy gas company gig raises eyebrows.
The former top investment official for the state’s mammoth pension fund landed a cushy gig at a natural-gas company after...
Metro News: Inside the massive NYC security operation for UN General Assembly. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside the massive NYC security operation for UN General Assembly.
Teams of federal agents are huddled in a high-rise hotel over Midtown watching over the city’s shoreline and streets...
Metro News: Ex-NYPD cop who shot mom of his kid claims domestic abuse. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-NYPD cop who shot mom of his kid claims domestic abuse.
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This is the one slimy creature Cuomo can’t stand.
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Sport

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Aaron Boone stretching out wild-card mystery as long as possible.
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Yankees are scrambling to justify their Gary Sanchez confidence.
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