A Death Penalty Fight Comes HomeANNAPOLIS, Md. — Kirk Noble Bloodsworth, a beefy, crew-cut man whose blue T-shirt reads “Witness to Innocence,” took the microphone in a church hall here and ran through his story of injustice and redemption one more time. Twenty years ago, he walked out of a Maryland prison, the first inmate in the nation to be sentenced to death and then exone...Read more http://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-death-penalty-fight-comes-home.html
Iran: Petty Criminals Sent to the GallowsPublic hanging in TehranJan. 20, 2013Iran has begun handing down death sentences for robbery – a crime that previously carried much less severe punishments. In socially and politically uncertain times, the regime is increasingly resorting to Draconian measures in the hope that these will serve as
Two men from Mali saved by French troops from execution for having gay sexReuters has reported that two men from Gao, Mali, who were due to be executed for having gay sex by an extreme Muslim militia, were rescued when French-led forces liberated the town.France, along with other African nations and including the Malian army, intervened to end a ten-month rebellion by
India Cabinet Proposes Death Penalty in Severe Rape CasesNEW DELHI--India's cabinet has proposed death as the maximum punishment for severe rape cases, a senior minister said Saturday in the wake of public demands for stern action after the brutal gang rape of a student in New Delhi in December.The death penalty proposal forms part of an ordinance
Texas Leads U.S. in Executions, Payments to Exonerated InmatesIn 2006, after serving 19 years and 11 months in a Texas prison for a rape he didn't commit, Billy Smith was exonerated of all charges and set free. He was 54. Despite clearing his name, he's never been able to find a job."Who wants to hire someone who's 61 years old and who's an ex-convict?"
Kentucky moves closer to new execution methodLOUISVILLE, Ky. — At least three death row inmates could be nearing execution as Kentucky moves toward a new lethal injection method.Execution requests for two of the condemned men were made to the governor's office in 2010, but a judge barred the state from carrying out any executions until it
Colorado: Aurora theater shooting prosecution team adds death penalty expertJames HolmesAn attorney with experience in death-penalty cases has been added to the prosecution team on the Aurora movie theater murder case.Daniel Zook will take an in-courtroom role in the prosecution of theater shooting suspect James Holmes, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office
Indonesia: Lindsay Sandiford fails to make Britain pay lawyerA British grandmother on Thursday lost a High Court bid to make the government pay for a lawyer to help her appeal against her death sentence in Indonesia for drug smuggling.Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to death last week for smuggling nearly 5.0 kilos (11 pounds) of cocaine worth $2.4
Saudi Arabia beheads two murderersThe executions bring to nine the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this yearRiyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded two of its nationals on Wednesday after they were sentenced to death for separate murders, the interior ministry announced.Marwan Al Balawi was convicted of stabbing to death
Texas inmate Kimberly McCarthy granted 60-day reprieveThe planned execution of a female inmate in Texas has been postponed for 60-days by a judge in the Lone Star state.The execution, which was planned for after 6 p.m. this evening would have been the first time in over two years a female inmate would have faced the death penalty.Kimberly McCarthy
Court orders death penalty for Egypt football fansAn Egyptian court sentenced 21 people to death Saturday on charges related to one of the world's deadliest incidents of soccer violence, touching off an attempted jailbreak and a riot that killed 16 in the Mediterranean port city that is home to most of the defendants.The verdict follows deadly
Death penalty for 21 for Egypt soccer violenceCAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say the military is being deployed to the Mediterranean city of Port Said after eight people were killed in riots outside the main prison following a controversial verdict related to one of the world's deadliest incidents of soccer violence.A Cairo judge
Louisiana Death RowLouisiana Death RowThe Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Jindal administration late Monday to halt the scheduled execution Feb. 13 of a convicted child killer because that lethal injection would occur on Ash Wednesday.“To execute a faithful Catholic on Ash Wednesday would be
Indian President approves death penalty in some rape casesIndian Supreme CourtIndia's president on Sunday approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi sparked national outrage and triggered demands for tougher laws.President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the new rape law two days after
Zimbabwe hangman vacancy filled after 7 yearsHARARE (Feb 2, 2013): Zimbabwe has finally hired a hangman after seven years of searching, but he has not yet executed any of the 76 people on death row, a top prisons official has said."Indeed, we now have a hangman," Prison Service Commissioner Paradzai Zimondi was quoted as saying in Saturday's
Yemen: Scores on hunger strike after 15-year-old boy sentenced do deathSharia execution in YemenJanuary 31, 2013: Amnesty International has expressed concern at the situation in a Yemeni prison where scores of children are on hunger strike to protest at their conditions and about a fellow inmate’s recent death sentence.The child detainees at Sana’a’s Central Prison
Saudi spares Philippines death-row convict Rodelio Dondon LanuzaAbout 125 Filipinos are on death row abroadSaudi Arabia has spared one of two Filipino men sentenced to death by beheading for separate killings, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay said Friday.Rodelio "Dondon" Lanuza is expected to walk free after more than 12 years in prison following the
Ohio Supreme Court Justice: Death Penalty Is Inherently Cruel And UnusualOhio Death ChamberA newly elected Ohio Supreme Court justice who achieved the unlikely feat of ousting an incumbent without accepting any campaign contributions is not wasting any time in asserting his opposition to the death penalty. In an order this week setting an execution date for a convicted
Lindsay Sandiford's Sister Fears She May Not Be Saved From Execution In BaliKerobokan PrisonThe sister of Lindsay Sandiford, the British grandmother sentenced to death by firing squad in Bali last week, fears that she cannot be saved from execution because of her inability to fund a lawyer.Hilary Parsons has spent the last pennies of her savings to try and find Sandiford
UAE: Family pardon saves killer from executionJanuary 28, 2013: A man who killed his colleague and was sentenced to death, had his capital punishment verdict quashed by Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals, as the heirs of the victim pardoned him and gave up their rights.The Court handed down the Asian defendant three years in jail for murder. He will
Saudi Arabia beheads drug traffickerPublic execution by beheadingon a parking lot in Saudi ArabiaRiyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its nationals on Tuesday after he was convicted of drug trafficking, the Interior Ministry announced in a statement.Musaed Al Ruweili was arrested as he tried to smuggle “a large number of narcotic
Bundesbank Limits China Cooperation on Death PenaltyGermany's Bundesbank said it will exclude Chinese and Vietnamese central bank officials from anti- counterfeiting seminars over concerns about the countries' use of the death penalty for serious cases of forgery."The Bundesbank wants to make sure it doesn't give advice on the subject of
Saudi Arabia: Combating Disinformation In the Wake of Rizana Nafeek's ExecutionThe international condemnation of Rizana Nafeek's unjust execution has not elicited a positive response from Saudi authorities. There have been no promises for reform or pledges to reexamine the justice system's flawed management of migrant workers.Instead, Saudi Arabia has adopted a defensive
Saudi Arabia: Killer to be executed after 30 years in jailA Saudi man convicted of killing another Saudi could be executed in the next few days after spending nearly 30 years in prison, newspapers reported on Monday.Abdullah bin Fandi Al Shammari was around 23-years old when he used a large stick to hit his victim on the head during a fight in the
Indonesia: First State Executions Since 2008 on Horizon With 12 Facing Firing SquadAustralians Myuran Sukumaranand Andrew ChanThe Attorney General’s Office has revealed that 12 death row inmates are liable to face the firing squad after exhausting all avenues for appeal, in the first state executions since 2008.Basrief Arief, the attorney general, said on Friday that there was
Sri Lanka recruits two executioners to implement capital punishmentFeb 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka which is considering to implement the death penalty, has recruited two executioners, Ministry of Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation said.The two executioners, elected from 145 short-listed candidates, are presently undergoing a 14-day special training.After the training
Singapore: Running in Place on Human RightsCaning in Singapore(Bangkok) – Singapore continued its strict controls on free association, expression, assembly, and other basic rights in 2012, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013.In its 665-page report, Human Rights Watch assessed progress on human rights during the past year
Five executed in Kerman, IranIran Human Rights, January 31: Five prisoners were executed in the prison of Kerman (Southeastern Iran) yesterday morning January 30., reported the state run Iranian media.According to the Fars news agency, the five prisoners were identified as "Allahnazar Sh.", "Rahmatollah Sh.", "Abdollah Sh."
Frenchman Caught Smuggling Hashish in BaliA French national is facing the death penalty after he was caught carrying 70 grams of hashish at Ngurai Rai International Airport near Denpasar, Bali.Vincent Roger Petrone, a 43-year-old plasterer, arrived at the airport on Tuesday evening on board a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala
Texas Death Row Inmate Larry Swearingen's Execution StayedMontgomery County state district court Judge Kelly Case on Wednesday withdrew an order that had set the execution of condemned murderer Larry Swearingen for Feb. 27. The judge's decision came after a hearing in which Swearingen's lawyers argued that more time was required to accomplish DNA testing
Washington state: Proposed bills would eliminate death penaltyBills proposed by lawmakers that would eliminate the death penalty in Washington state were referred to committee Monday.Both House Bill 1504 and its companion Senate Bill, SB5372, were referred to respective law and judicial committees. If passed, the joint bill would put a stop to all
Nine films on death penalty to be screened in TokyoExecution chamberat Tokyo Detention Center Nine films from Japan and abroad on the theme of capital punishment will be screened consecutively at a movie theater in Tokyo's Shibuya district over a 1-week period from Feb. 2, with a series of talks also scheduled.Movies shown at Eurospace for
Inmate hanged in public in Kerman, Iran, over rape chargesIran Human Rights, January 26: According to the official Iranian media a man was hanged in the public early this morning in Kerman (southeastern Iran).According to the state run Iranian news agency Fars the man was identified as "Yaser K." (age not mentioned) and convicted of rape.The execution
Vietnam's execution cocktail dilemmaFiring squads are out. Injections are in. But who'll supply the poison?Like many of its Communist brethren, Vietnam enforces the death penalty. The European Union abhors it.This is a dilemma for Hanoi, which wants to use lethal injection drugs on its 500-plus prisoners on death row. Germany is a