A South Dakota state senator who previously served as a prosecutor and a state court judge has introduced a bill to limit the breadth of the state’s death penalty statute. Senate Bill 98, introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arthur Rusch (R – Clay,) on January 25, 2021, would restrict capital punishment to a single aggravating circumstance, premeditated murders in which a Leggi Tutto
Iowa outlawed the death penalty in 1965.Iowa lawmakers proposed a bill that would allow death sentences for people convicted of murdering a child after raping them.It's been almost 6 decades since Iowa last executed a state prisoner, but a group of Republican senators feels one crime in
An appeals court in the Eastern Province on Monday upheld the verdict issued by a criminal court in Dammam in September 2020, awarding the death penalty to a woman, known in the media as “Dammam kidnapper,” and jail terms for 3 other defendants.The woman, the main defendant, was convicted of
Sharif-Aminu’s lawyer argues that he ought to be discharged and acquitted instead of being ordered to be tried for blasphemy afresh.A 22-year-old Kano musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, who was recently freed of death penalty passed on him for blasphemy, has filed an appeal against a retrial for the
Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 25, 2021: Mehdi Ali Hosseini, a wrestler sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for “pre-meditated murder,” has been executed in Dezful Prison.According to state-run ISNA who quoted the judiciary’s public relations of Khuzestan Province, a prisoner was executed
More than 35 members of Congress signed a letter asking Biden to commute the sentences of the remaining 50 people on federal death row.Reps. Cori Bush and Ayanna Pressley released a letter today asking President Joe Biden to commute the sentences of the remaining 50 people on federal death row
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- A judge on Thursday continued until April a status hearing in the renewed penalty phase of the 2004 murder trial of Scott Lee Peterson.Appearing by Zoom from San Quentin State Prison, where he has been imprisoned for 16 years, Peterson waived his right to proceed at this
Democratic members of the U.S. House and Senate have called on incoming President Joe Biden to take quick action on his campaign pledge to end the federal death penalty. Legislators introduced three bills to abolish the federal death penalty and urged the President to issue executive orders to
Former commerce minister Banyin Tangpakorn has been sentenced to death for the premeditated murder of construction tycoon Chuwong Sae Tang that he tried to pass off as a car accident six years ago.The Phra Khanong Criminal Court on Wednesday handed down the maximum penalty for the 56-year-old
With an execution date set for December, the Payne Family discusses Pervis and their hopes for overturning his sentence now hinging on new DNA evidence Memphis Commercial AppealThe DNA of an unknown male was discovered in new analysis of evidence from the Pervis Payne death penalty case, an
Willie B. Smith, III, is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. 51-year-old Willie is convicted of the robbery, kidnapping, and murder of 22-year-old Sharma Ruth Johnson in October 1991. Willie has been
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday granted the stay for Blaine Milam, 31, to review intellectual disability claims.He had been set for lethal injection on Thursday for killing his girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter during what the couple had said was part of an “exorcism.” He was
Eliminating the death penalty in Virginia would cost the commonwealth about $77,000 to house and feed two current death row inmates, but free up almost $4 million yearly by eliminating the state’s Capital Defender Service, which represents defendants in cases eligible for the death
The European Union (EU) which welcomed Sri Lanka’s record on maintaining its moratorium on executions had encouraged the country to legally abolish the death penalty.A Joint Statement released by the EU and the Foreign Ministry yesterday said the EU also reiterated its opposition to the use of
"From our perspective, there should be no roadblocks," said Sakira Cook, justice reform director at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.Aghast over former President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize a series of last-minute federal executions before departing the White House
Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 24, 2021: According to newly received information, a Baluch and an Afghani prisoner were executed in Zahedan Central Prison on January 20. With the previously documented executions of Hafez Abdolsattar and Abdolraouf Kobdani, four prisoners were executed at the
A call to refer the Iranian regime’s crimes to the UN Security CouncilThe executions of two prisoners on Monday and Tuesday, January 18 and 19, 2021, in Sanandaj and Zahedan, respectively, brought to at least 33 the number of prisoners hanged during the last thirty days by the religious fascism
Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 21, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Zahedan Central Prison.According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central Prison yesterday, January 20. The identity of the prisoner who had
In 1994, public approval for capital punishment was around 80 %. Today it's below 50 %.Maurice Chammah’s “Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty” is a work of non-fiction, which bears stating because every so often a character passes through the book almost as caricature
The High People's Court of Tianjin said on Thursday that it will uphold death penalty for Lai Xiaomin, former chairman of China Huarong Asset Management Co, dismissing his appeal.On January 5, Lai was sentenced to death by the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin for taking staggering
Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 20, 2021: A prisoner who had been sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges, has been executed at Zahedan Central Prison.According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in the early hours of Tuesday, January 19, in Zahedan Central Prison. The
Edward Lee Busby, Jr., has been given a new execution date of Wednesday, February 10Edward Lee Busby, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, inside the Walls Unit at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. 48-year-old Edward is
"Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent tonight in U.S. v. Dustin Higgs will be remembered long into the future as one of the most thorough, resounding indictments of this administration’s reckless, immoral, illegal effort to execute as many people as possible, as quickly as possible." - Sister Helen
Two of the farthest left black members of Congress are calling for a reprieve for Dylan Roof, the white supremacist who shocked America by shooting nine people after praying with them in Charleston’s Mother Emmanuel Church.Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush — both members of the so-called ‘squad’ of
The high court denied Charles Don Flores’ petition for review without comment, leaving it up to Texas legislators to determine whether police should continue the controversial practice.AUSTIN — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a Texas death row inmate who argued that
Rights defenders fear Iraq may give the green light to a spree of executions of convicted jihadists in a show of strength, days after a deadly suicide attack in Baghdad.On Sunday, an official from Iraq's presidency told AFP more than 340 execution orders "for terrorism or criminal acts" were
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — National attention turned to Terre Haute in 2020 as federal executions resumed at the Federal Correctional Complex on the southside of town after a 17 year hiatus.This wasn’t the first time Terre Haute received such attention nor was it the longest time the country has gone
PESHAWAR: The provincial government has decided to introduce a legislation to criminalise the rising child organ trade in the province which will be punishable with a death penalty and a Rs2 million fine.By the same token child trafficking is also to be criminalised and a punishment of 25 years
A 13-year-old boy who was handed a decade-long jail sentence for blasphemy last year will now walk free.He was convicted by an Islamic court in August for making uncomplimentary remarks about God during an argument with a friend in northern Kano state.But a secular appeals court overturned the
This is the fifth edition of the Death Penalty in India: Annual Statistics Report published by Project 39A at National Law University, Delhi. Over the course of five years, the law and the implementation of the death penalty in India have seensignificant changes.2020 saw the only execution in
The girl’s body was found in an agricultural field a day after she went missing on March 13, 2019. It later emerged that her brother had abducted and taken her to their uncle’s houseA local court in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district has convicted a 12-year-old girl’s brother and uncle for raping
Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 18, 2021: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed in Sanandaj Central Prison.According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in Sanandaj Central Prison in early hours of this morning, January 18. The identity
Saudi Arabia executed 25 people in 2020, according to monitoring carried out by ESOHR and Reprieve. Violations of international law included the execution of at least one minor and at least five people convicted of drug-related offences, amid persistent concerns of systematic torture and
Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 15, 2021: A prisoner who had been sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges, has been executed at Qazvin Central Prison.According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed at Qazvin Central Prison on the morning of Thursday, January 15. His identity