Murder Rates: A New Killing Season?

Americans reach for the death penalty with every rise in high-profile, senselessly brutal crimes. Several have made headlines in the country's larger cities recently. The granddaughter of the Los Angeles police chief was killed outside a Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits, apparently caught in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong companion. In a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa., five people died after an immigration lawyer went on a 20-mile shooting rampage. And in New York City, seven people were bound, gagged and shot during a robbery at a Wendy's restaurant, prompting Republican Senate candidate Rick Lazio to call for...

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