Texas Moratorium Network: The Year in ReviewTexas executed 15 people in 2012, two more people than in 2011. 73 percent of the people Texas executed in 2012 were people of color, seven African-American and four Hispanics. There were four white people executed by Texas in 2012. Five people were executed from Dallas County, two from Bexar County, two from Montgomery County, one from...Read more http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2012/12/texas-moratorium-network-year-in-review.html
Murderer executed by firing squad in Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi: A man was executed on Thursday morning by firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of murdering an Emirati Engineer in Al Ain in 2002.Sources confirmed that 36-year-old Alex Rohana, a Sri Lankan, was executed at 7am in the presence of a judge, general public prosecutor, Imam
Arizona executes Richard Dale StokleyRichard Dale StockleyFLORENCE, AZ (CBS5/AP) - Richard Dale Stokley, the 60-year-old man convicted of murdering two 13-year-old girls in 1991, was put to death by lethal injection at the Arizona State Prison in Florence on Wednesday.Stokley and his accomplice, Randy Brazeal, were convicted of
Indian President commutes death sentenceDecember 4, 2012: In a first case of pardon by President Pranab Mukherjee after assuming office, death sentence of a convict, Atbir, has been commuted to life imprisonment.Atbir was sentenced to death by a sessions court in 2004 for the murder of his step mother, step sister and step brother over
Four executed in IranPublic executionin KermanshahIran Human Rights, December 3: Four prisoners among them one woman, were hanged in Kermanshah (Western Iran) today Monday December 3.According to the official site of the Iranian judiciary in Kermanshah, one female and two male prisoners were hanged in the
Papua New Guinea to carry out executions by lethal injection?November 29, 2012: Papua New Guinea is contemplating introducing execution by lethal injection for 10 people on death row - with many people volunteering to carry out the sentences.The Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Kerenga Kua, has answered questions in parliament about the situation of
Iraqi court issues death penalty to 4 guards of fugitive vice presidentBAGHDAD, Nov. 29 — An Iraqi court on Thursday issued death penalty verdicts against four bodyguards of the fugitive Sunni vice president Tariq al-Hashimi over criminal charges, a judicial source said.“The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) on Thursday issued verdicts of penalties by hanging
Texas: Bill Would Restrict Informant Testimony in Death CasesAnthony Graves was wrongly convicted and sent to death row in 1994 based largely on the testimony of an alleged accomplice in the fiery murders of six people. The accomplice, while on the execution gurney, admitted he was the lone killer. Ten years later, in 2010, Graves was exonerated. Like
Japan: Strong support for death penalty due to biased polls, say expertsGovernment opinion polls on the death penalty consistently show overwhelming public support for the process, which is by hanging.Now, the neutrality of questions that have produced an 85.6 % support rate is being called into question.The government has carried out 9 opinion polls on the death
Three beheaded by the sword in Saudi Arabia, 70 executions so far this yearPublic execution in KSANovember 26, 2012: Saudi Arabia beheaded three men convicted of separate murders across the kingdom, the interior ministry announced.Mubarak al-Harithi and Obaidallah al-Harithi, whose nationality was not given, were executed in Mecca province for having stabbed and shot
After Kasab's execution, Afzal and Bhullar anxious about their futureFollowing Ajmal Amir Kasab's execution, the lone survivor of 26/11 attack, 2 terrorists facing death row and currently lodged in Tihar jail are believed to be very apprehensive of their future. According to Sunil Gupta, spokesperson of Tihar Jail, there was sense of uneasiness on Afzal's face after
Norway urges Indonesia to abolish death penaltyNorway on Monday urged Indonesia to abolish the death penalty and welcomed indications that Jakarta is distancing itself from capital punishment."We encourage Indonesia to formally establish a moratorium with a view to abolishing the death penalty," said Gry Larsen, state secretary of Norway's
Desmond Tutu Urges Uganda To Drop Anti-Homosexuality BillNobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Tuesday (Dec. 4) urged Uganda to scrap a controversial draft law that would send gays and lesbians to jail and, some say, put them at risk of the death penalty.The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is expected to become law after Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga
Oklahoma executes George OchoaMcALESTER, Oklahoma — An Oklahoma death row inmate was executed Tuesday for the 1993 shooting deaths of an Oklahoma City couple.George OchoaGeorge Ochoa, 38, was given an injection of lethal drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester. He was pronounced dead at 6:07 p.m. CST."I'm
Lashed to death: Bihar panchayat executes woman for adulteryPurnia (Bihar):In an incident reminiscent of Taliban-style execution, a woman was whipped to death in Bihar’s Purnia district last week for adultery. According to eyewitnesses who didn’t wish to be identified, the Tiyarpaya Panchayat held Bibi Shehzadi guilty for having an affair with a relative
Despite Evidence From Discredited Medical Examiner, Mississippi's Jeffrey Havard Nears ExecutionLast year, NPR looked at two dozen cases in which adults had been convicted of killing infants or young children, then later exonerated or given commutations. The investigation found a number of common themes in those cases. One of them was that prosecutors often relied on the subjective opinions
Saudi footballer, 20, faces beheading unless he pays diya (blood money) in coming weeksPublic execution in KSAA Saudi football player could be executed for accidentally killing a Bangladeshi man while driving his car unless he pays diya (blood money).A court in the northwestern Saudi town of Jouf had given Saud Al Faleh, 20, a few weeks to pay SR300,000 (Dh297,000) diya for the
Lawmaker: Uganda anti-gay bill does not contain death penalty provisionKAMPALA, Uganda — The Ugandan lawmaker who originally authored an anti-gay bill proposing death for some homosexual acts said Friday that a new version of the proposed legislation doesn’t contain the death penalty.Parliamentarian David Bahati said the bill, which is expected to be voted on next
Lawmaker submits Oregon Death Penalty RepealOregon state Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) plans to introduce a bill proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal the death penalty and substitute life in prison without possibility of parole. If the legislators pass the bill, Oregonians would then vote on the amendment in the 2014 general
Is Larry Swearingen Innocent?Nine forensic experts say Swearingen is on death row for a murder he couldn’t have committed, yet Texas courts won’t grant a new trial.The state’s evidence against 41-year-old Swearingen was compelling. Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen him with Melissa Trotter on the day she went missing
Governor Martin O’Malley attempts to repeal the death penalty in MarylandLast prisoner executed under Republican Robert Ehrlich as technicalities and inaction thus far keeps law at arms length.Martin O’Malley, the newly re-elected Governor of Maryland, will try once more to have the death penalty repealed in his state this coming January.O’Malley, a Democrat, tipped
Sri Lanka pushes to hang child abusers, women's rapistsSri Lanka is planning to introduce death penalty to child abusers and rapists, an official said on Friday.The minister in charge of the Child Development and Women's affairs has proposed to the parliament to impose death sentence or life imprisonment to offenders who are convicted of child abuse
Execution Ends Moratorium on Death Penalty; Hanging Erodes Pakistan's Most Tangible Human Rights SuccessAfter a 4-year unofficial moratorium, Pakistan has reverted to the odious practice of sending people to the gallows. Instead, the government should declare an official moratorium, commute all existing death sentences, and then abolish the death penalty for all crimes once and for all.The Pakistani
New trial ordered for Cathy Lynn Henderson on Texas death row for 1994 infant deathCathy Lynn Henderson picturedwith Sister Helen PrejeanA Travis County woman who was just days away from being executed for killing a baby in 1994 was granted a new trial on Wednesday by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.The state's highest criminal court deferred to opinion of the trial judge
Inmate set to die for Arizona murders; 2nd man free1 of 2 men convicted in the 1991 sex-killings of 2 13-year-old girls is already free after serving 20 years in prison.The 2nd man is about to be executed.Richard Dale Stokley's execution by injection is scheduled 21 years and 5 months after Mandy Meyers and Mary Snyder went missing and then were
Amnesty details 'horrific abuses' in southern YemenSharia execution in Yemen(CNN) -- Residents in parts of southern Yemen experienced a "human rights catastrophe" when an al-Qaeda affiliate took control of the country's Abyan province for 14 months, according to Amnesty International.In a new report entitled "Conflict in Yemen: Abyan's Darkest
In most places death has no schedule, but in Huntsville, Texas, an average of 16 people per year are scheduled to be executed by lethal injection. Texas executes more people than any other U.S. state. National Geographic's "Inside Death Row" interviews three inmates as their dates of execution
Catholic activism on the death penalty; a brief dispatch from DenmarkPublic execution in IranRumors of the death of the church's passion for social justice have been greatly exaggerated, at least to judge by a high-profile international conference in Rome on Tuesday promoting global abolition of the death penalty, which was organized by the Community of
Innocent man speaks out against death penaltyA bible, blanket, towel and a bar of soap were the 4 things that replaced the comfort of Randy Steidl's home when he was wrongfully convicted of the tragic murder of Dyke and Karen Rhodes on June 14, 1987. Steidl sat on death row for 12 out of the 17 years (6305 days) he was in the Danville
Egypt: 6 expat Copts receive death penalty sentence for anti-Islam filmCourt orders death penalty for 6 Coptic Egyptians, who reside abroad, over controversial anti-Islam film.The state security court issued a verdict on Wednesday sentencing 6 expatriate Coptic Egyptians to the death penalty for offending the Islamic faith, on charges related to producing the
Saudi beheads two for murderPublic execution in Saudi ArabiaRiyadh: Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded two nationals for murder, including one who stabbed his wife to death and burned her corpse, the interior ministry said.Ali Mohammad Mahrazi was convicted of stabbing his wife Hunayna Khabrani repeatedly before he
India: 16 prisoners at risk of executionFollowing the recent execution of Ajmal Kasab, there is fear that Indian authorities may similarly execute other prisoners with petitions for mercy currently pending. On 21 November, the Indian government executed Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab, convicted for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai
Pakistan: Two dozen death row convicts in jail where Kasab was hangedPune : The Yerawada Central Jail, where Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, convicted for 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was hanged last week, has over two dozen death row convicts awaiting execution, an official said Monday - the fourth anniversary of the carnage."Their execution papers are still in
UAE: Death row duo pardoned by victim’s familyDubai: Two prisoners at Dubai Central Jail who are on death row for a murder they committed in 2001 are to be deported after being pardoned by relatives of their victim.Serji Alexander Doboni from Russia who was 21 at the time of the crime and Sefiri Andre, an Ukrainian, will be freed after the