After weeks of assuring the public there are no cases of coronavirus among the state’s nearly 95,000 prisoners — without saying whether significant numbers of prisoners had been tested — the Florida Department of Corrections acknowledged its first positive test involving an inmate. That was quickly followed by a second. One lawmaker, a Democrat, called the situation in the Leggi Tutto
SINGAPORE - An Indonesian domestic worker who killed her employer in her Telok Kurau house in 2016, leaving the 59-year-old victim with more than 90 knife wounds, is set to avoid the death penalty.On Monday (April 6), Daryati, 27, was found guilty of a lesser murder charge, with prosecutors
Official misconduct and perjury or false accusation continue to be the main reasons innocent men and women are wrongfully convicted in America, according to the 2019 annual report by the National Registry of Exonerations. That misconduct, the report indicates, is most prevalent in cases involving
Courts are failing badly in keeping junk psychological science out of the courtroom in criminal cases, permitting the admission of psychological tests that have never been reviewed for reliability and others that have been found unreliable, a recent study reports. Among the problematic tests
Over the past month, Alyaksandr Lukashenka has gained notoriety for his careless attitude to the pandemic. On March 16, Lukashenka shared with the newly appointed officials his own ways of fighting the coronavirus. He advised going to a dry sauna, claiming that the virus dies at 60 degrees; more
April 1 (UPI) — A Texas appeals court on Wednesday issued its third stay of execution amid a disruption to the judicial system brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas said Fabian Hernandez’s lethal injection will be delayed for 60 days, at which point a new
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan. — A local court in Pakistan on Thursday overturned the death sentence and murder convictions of four men believed to be involved in the killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.The men had all been in prison for 18 years. Three were handed life sentences. A fourth
Iran Human rights (IHR); March 31, 2020: The 12th annual report on the death penalty by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM (Together Against the Death Penalty) provides an assessment and analysis of the death penalty trends in 2019 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It sets out the number of
The news has come as a huge blow to LGBTQ activists in the southeast Asian city-state.Singapore's High Court has upheld a colonial-era ban on homosexuality, in a huge blow for the southeast Asian city-state's LGBTQ community.Judges in Singapore's highest court has dismissed a constitutional
Lonnie David Franklin Jr., the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer who preyed on Los Angeles women for more than two decades, died Saturday while on death row at San Quentin prison, officials said.“Franklin was found unresponsive in his single cell on March 28 at about 7:20 p.m. Medical
The public health crisis from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has halted executions in the United States and, legal experts say, is likely to continue to do for the foreseeable future.With 9 of the 11 serious death warrants between March 15 and June 30, 2020 scheduled in Texas, the decisions by
Moabi Seabelo Mabiletsa, 33, and his co-accused Matshidiso Tshid Boikanyo, 39, were hanged to death in the capital GaboroneGABORONE – Botswana, one of the few democracies to still enforce the death penalty, on Saturday executed two men convicted of murder.The latest executions bring to four the
Greg Ogrod and his fiancée, Mary, were cooking in their Philadelphia kitchen on March 21 when they got the news: A judge had ordered Pennsylvania’s corrections department to transport Greg’s brother, Walter, from death row to an outside hospital for Covid-19 testing and, if necessary
The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday rejected death row inmate Jeffrey Hessler's constitutional challenge to his conviction based on a 2016 ruling by the country's highest court.Hessler asked to be taken off death row because a e-judge panel and not a jury sentenced him to death for raping and
Rights activists on Friday condemned Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s government for executing a convicted murderer, saying the continued use of capital punishment undermined the island’s progressive reputation.Death row inmate Weng Jen-hsien, found guilty last year of setting a fire that
Only 2nd execution since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in May 2016A man who used gasoline to burn 5 relatives to death during Lunar New Year’s Eve in Feb. of 2016, including his parents and a caregiver, has been executed, reports said Wednesday (April 1).While capital punishment still
On Jan. 7, 1960, Elmo Smith of Bridgeport in Montgomery County was charged with the murder and rape of a 16-year-old girl.Maryann Theresa Mitchell of the Manayuk section of Philadelphia was an 11th grader at Cecelian Academy.She disappeared on Dec. 28, 1959, when she was returning home after
"We will not release prisoners convicted for corruption, illegal logging, terrorism, drug crimes, gross human rights crimes or transnational organized crimes."Jakarta. The Justice and Human Rights Ministry passed a new decree on Thursday allowing the release of 30,000 prisoners, including
Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 30, 2020: At least 9 people have died so far in Iranian prisons after infecting with the Novel Coronavirus. Given the overcrowding of Iranian prisons, lack of proper medical and foodservice, more prisoners’ lives are in danger. Iranian authorities have announced
YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- A Japanese man sentenced to death for the 2016 murder of 19 mentally impaired people at a care home near Tokyo withdrew his appeal on Monday, a district court said.Satoshi Uematsu, 30, a former caretaker at the Tsukui Yamayuri En facility in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture
The COVID-19 infection rate in NYC jails is 87 times higher than the overall U.S. rate, and prisoners have no way to protect themselves.Junior Wilson is worried the coronavirus could kill him. The 57-year-old relies on a pacemaker to keep his heartbeat regular and could have trouble breathing if
This month marks exactly 18 years since a Sharia Court of Appeal in Sokoto State freed Safiya Husseini Tungar of the death penalty handed to her by a lower Sharia Court in the state. Before the respite from the Sharia Appeal Court, she had been convicted of adultery by the lower Sharia Court and
A former senior AUM Shinrikyo member wrote a letter in English urging would-be terrorists not to carry out their planned attacks before he was executed in 2018 for his involvement in the cult's 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system."I want 'future terrorists' to stop their
Iran Human Rights (IHR): The 12th annual report on the death penalty by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM (Together Against the Death Penalty) provides an assessment and analysis of the death penalty trends in 2019 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It sets out the number of executions in 2019, the
Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 2, 2020: Death row juvenile offender Danial Zeinolabedini was beaten to death by prison guards. Danial’s body was handed over to his family on Thursday, April 2. Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemns the killing of Danial Zeinolabedini and urges the
Over the past month, Alyaksandr Lukashenka has gained notoriety for his careless attitude to the pandemic. On March 16, Lukashenka shared with the newly appointed officials his own ways of fighting the coronavirus. He advised going to a dry sauna, claiming that the virus dies at 60 degrees; more
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill members of leftist groups last night if they challenge the government during the Luzon lockdown.Duterte said in English and Filipino during the televised speech, “I’m addressing the Left. Your violations, slamming the distribution [of food], remember
Iran Human Rights (IHR) has reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran carried out at least 280 death penalties in 2019 including at least four juvenile offenders.Official Iranian sources have only announced 84 of the 280 executions carried. Human rights activists say many of the executions in
The deep baritone voice on the phone is courteous and reflective. It doesn’t sound like it belongs to a man who, for 35 years, kept the company of some of the most dangerous criminals in India. “That’s the equivalent of two-and-a-half life sentences,” remarks Sunil Gupta.A former superintendent
Is it ever right to kill someone? Are lethal injections really humane? Is capital punishment going to be around forever?In some parts of the world the US is infamous for its continued use of the death penalty.Using the BBC’s Life and Death Row – The Mass Execution as a backdrop, Dr Vivien Miller
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) confirmed late Saturday night that a federal inmate has died from COVID-19—the first known death of an inmate in the federal prison system.Reuters reports that Patrick Jones, 49, an inmate at a low-security federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, died from complications
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has commuted death sentences to life imprisonment for all prisoners on death row for at least 10 years.This is contained in Clemency Order Number 1 of 2020 released on March 24.The clemency order also gives full remission of sentence for all convicted female
More than the closure offered by executions, society needs an overhaul, writes poet and play-writer Annie ZaidiI often make lists. Words, lined up neatly on a page, add up to something—meaning, or purpose. Some lists, however, add up to numb horror. Sample this:2013 College student. Abducted
Lawyers for Robert Bowers, accused of killing 11 worshipers at Tree of Life synagogue in 2018, are citing Colorado's new law abolishing the death penalty in an effort to spare Mr. Bowers from federal execution.Colorado abolished the death penalty on Monday, becoming the 22nd state to do so since