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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Feds Seek Four Death Sentences in Gang Murder Trial

Alexandria, Va. (AP) - In a federal courtroom this week, prosecutors will ask a single jury to extinguish the lives of four alleged members of one of Virginia's most vicious gangs.

If one needs any proof that law enforcement is taking a hard-line stance against the region's gang problem, look no further than the cases of U.S. vs. Rivera, U.S. vs. Grande, U.S. vs. Cisneros and U.S. vs. Garcia-Orellana, with opening statements scheduled to begin Monday.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against all four alleged members of the Latino gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, for the murder of Brenda Paz, a former gang member herself who was to have been a witness in a murder trial against Denis Rivera, her one-time boyfriend.


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