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Skimm This: The Death Penalty, Paul Manafort, and Judge Judy

Mar 13, 2019

It’s March 13th. Today, we Skimm’d This:

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom hit ‘pause’ on capital punishment in his state. Which is a BFD, since about a quarter of the country’s death row inmates are in California. We’ll tell you what you need to know about the death penalty in the US.

  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had another date with a judge today. She bumped his total federal prison sentence up to more than seven years. But now, New York prosecutors want in on the action. They added state charges to the mix. We’ll break it down.

  • Countries all around the world have grounded Boeing 737 Max planes after deadly crashes. Today, the US said ‘same.’

  • Judge Judy got good news today. She’s getting props from the TV Academy. By the way: want to tell us about the Judge Judy in your life? Leave us a voicemail at 646-461-6370 and you might hear your voice on the show on Friday.


By suspending capital punishment in California, Gov. Newsom is opening up the floor for a nationwide debate about the death penalty. In other criminal justice news, a judge tacked on more federal prison time for Manafort. And now, prosecutors in New York want in. Also on today’s episode: the US jumps on the ‘ground the Max 8’ bandwagon, and Judge Judy gets a nod from the TV Academy.

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