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Austin Petersen goes to CPAC to meet with conservatives concerned about the death penalty and discuss the state of the death penalty across the United States.

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Austin Petersen is the chief executive officer of Stonegait LLC, a for-profit consulting firm specializing in photo and video services. Stonegait also provides social media advice, political campaign expertise and grassroots organizing strategies to candidates for office or to brands looking for more exposure. Petersen is the editor in chief of The Libertarian Republic news magazine, one of the most read political news sites in the United States. He also hosts The Freedom Report podcast, which has 30,000 daily listeners. Petersen is the former Director of Production at FreedomWorks and was an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show, “Freedom Watch” on the Fox Business Network. Petersen built Judge Napolitano’s social networks boasting over 600,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. His work has appeared in Getty, Reuters, the LA Times, NBC and Time Magazine. He is also a frequent contributor on television appearing on Russia Today and on dozens of local radio shows. Austin grew up on a farm in the Midwest in a town called Peculiar, Missouri. Graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in the Fine Arts, Petersen moved to New York City after graduation to a pursue a career in media.

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  • We have BIG NEWS this week from the Supreme Court in the case of Hurst v. Florida. By a 7-1-1 vote—in fact, even overruling two of its own prior rulings—the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the jury as the sole fact-finding authority in capital sentencing. Specifically, the Court found that the Florida capital sentencing scheme, in which the judge is the one whose job is “to make the critical findings necessary to impose the death penalty”, violates the Sixth Amendment, in light of its own ruling in Ring v. Arizona (2002) requiring that the jury find the aggravating factors if the death penalty is to be imposed. Details here: http://fija.org/2016/01/12/scotus-ruling-in-hurst-v-florida-preserves-jury-rights/

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  • In a death penalty case, do they have the “Right” to life/live, or is life considered a “Privilege”  and is thus justified in the state taking it away? I go further…Who determines if a life is a privilege or a right? Is that even possible to dictate?

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