A lawyer for an Iranian Kurdish man sentenced to death for belonging to a Kurdish nationalist group says his client has suffered a major legal setback in a bid to escape execution. Speaking to VOA Persian by phone Monday from Tehran, lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz said Iran's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to spare the life of his client, Leggi Tutto
The Ohio Parole Board will hear the case of Ray Tibbetts on Thursday.I spent almost 30 years of my life working in the Ohio prison system, beginning as a chaplain at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. I later worked in a number of other positions, eventually serving as warden at Madison
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A survivor from El Salvador’s civil war must be resentenced because North Carolina jurors who decided he should die for his wife’s killing weren’t told to consider evidence relating his conduct to his mental condition, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.The justices vacated
An Algerian blogger is to go on trial on Thursday accused of collaborating with a foreign country and inciting an uprising, charges which carry the death penalty, his lawyer said.Merzoug Touati has been held since January 2017 in Bejaia, on the coast in northeast Algeria, after having called for
On Wednesday, 06 June 2018, the Palestinian President Mahmoud 'Abbas signed instrument of State of Palestine's accession to 7 international convention and treaties, including the 1989 Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), aiming at the
PORT ORCHARD — The last juvenile to receive the death penalty in Washington was re-sentenced to 48 years in prison Friday, marking the end of a long road for the family members of the woman he was convicted of raping and murdering.Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Sally Olsen sentenced Michael
Lawyers for Houston-area serial killer Danny Bible filed a civil rights suit Friday alleging the aging death row inmate is in such poor health that any attempts to execute him will end in a gruesome, botched procedure.The so-called "ice pick killer" has Parkinson's, bad veins and a slew of other
Continuing its odious tradition of ducking and dodging transparency and accountability in how the state puts its prisoners to death – (purportedly) in the name of the people – the beleaguered Alabama Office of the Attorney General has asserted in a new convoluted, churlish, and utterly cockamamie
A group of UN human rights experts* have urged Mauritanian authorities to reconsider the adoption of an amendment to the Penal Code which would mandate the death penalty for blasphemy and apostasy, a provision which would gravely violate international law.Article 306 of the Penal Code, as
Hamidreza Amini could face the death penalty if he is convicted of “insulting the Prophet” for the content of his Telegram app channel, a source close to the prisoner of conscience told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on June 5, 2018.In addition to “insulting the prophet,” Amini is due
There will no longer be mercy for those convicted of apostasy in Mauritania.Previously, any Mauritanian who committed blasphemy or left the Muslim faith had 3 days to repent before they were punished. Penalties included prison terms or a death sentence.However, a new law was passed on April 27th
A 66-year-old man who killed a Birmingham woman and then escaped from prison and killed a 68-year-old man has died.Donald Thigpen died Tuesday night in the William Donaldson Corrections Facility in Jefferson County after serving 45 years for the murders which happened in the 1970s.Thigpen was
His defenders say yes. South Dakota says no. The Supreme Court may soon weigh in.Before South Dakota jurors decided the fate of Charles Rhines in 1993, they sent a handwritten note to the judge. They had just found Rhines guilty of fatally stabbing 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer, an employee of
abortion rights, Northern Ireland, #NowForNI,Campaign needs you to do two things…Following the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment in the Republic of Ireland, women in Northern Ireland will soon be the only women in the UK and Ireland who cannot access abortion.In Northern Ireland, abortion is still prohibited, even in cases of rape
Responding to news that Tokyo’s High Court has overruled a lower court, and denied a retrial to Hakamada Iwao, 82, who spent more than four decades on death row, Hiroka Shoji, East Asia Researcher at Amnesty International commented:“Today’s ruling is a gross injustice and flies in the face of the
With all the bluster from Pennsylvania Avenue about executing drug dealers and school shooters and MS-13 members, you may not have noticed that the death penalty has been in a long and steady decline. Executions and death sentences in the United States have dropped more than 75 percent from their
A young woman in a traditional long black cloak and a pink prison shirt holds a baby as she stands before a judge.Then a toddler, becoming agitated in the hallway, is led into the wooden dock to join her mother. The little girl is perhaps 2 years old. She clutches the folds of her mother's black
After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Texas' method for determining intellectual disability in Moore's death penalty case last year, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decided on Wednesday to change its standards but said Moore still didn't qualify.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the government might revoke the death sentence on Sirul Azhar Umar, who was convicted in the 2006 murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu, in order to facilitate his extradition from Australia.“Sirul cannot return to Malaysia
An Indonesian woman, Nurkoyah binti Marsan Dasan, from Karawang, West Java, has won an 8-year battle to escape the death penalty after she was accused of killing a 3-month-old child in Saudi Arabia.According to a statement from the Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Agus Maftuh Abegebriel
Mom, boyfriend sentenced in 8-year-old's ‘beyond animalistic' torture killingLOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge sentenced a California mother to life in prison Thursday and gave her boyfriend the death penalty in the “beyond animalistic” killing of the woman’s 8-year-old son, who prosecutors say was
A Saudi court has sentenced 4 people to death for links to regional rival Iran, alleging that they were plotting the assassination of "prominent figures", state media said Thursday."The criminal court has sentenced four terrorists to death for forming a cell for Iran," the state-owned
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - An inmate on death row in a Texas prison who was temporarily spared by the U.S. Supreme Court had his death sentence reinstated by a state court on Wednesday after it determined that he was competent to be executed, legal filings showed.The U.S. Supreme Court in 2017 had
The six-year-old girl’s body was found in a heap of trash days after she went missing from near her aunt’s house in Kasur on January 4.Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by a convict challenging the death sentence awarded to him for raping and murdering a six-year-old
A judicial disciplinary panel charged an Arkansas judge on Friday with ethics violations for lying down on a cot during an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using an execution drug, a move that could result in his suspension or removal from office.A 3-member
Responding to news that Tokyo’s High Court has overruled a lower court, and denied a retrial to Hakamada Iwao, 82, who spent more than four decades on death row, Hiroka Shoji, East Asia Researcher at Amnesty International commented:“Today’s ruling is a gross injustice and flies in the face of the
Hassan Tardast, the judge who issued the death penalty for Reyhaneh Jabbari, was introduced as a trusted lawyer to undertake the cases of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.The Iranian Chief Justice has endorsed a list of 20 lawyers as trusted defense attorneys to represent political
The ACLU of Nebraska asked the State Supreme Court on Friday to postpone setting an execution date for Carey Dean Moore until four lawsuits are resolved.The request could delay an execution date for months for Moore, who's spent 38 years on death row, far longer than any of the 11 other inmates
GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Chet Michael Shelton, 29, who was accused of raping and killing a toddler, dodged a possible death sentence Friday when he pleaded guilty to capital murder in exchange to a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole.In entering the plea, he acknowledged he is
Alabama won't reveal its lethal injection protocol until a higher court reviews that decision.Court records entered Thursday show U.S. Chief District Judge Karon O Bowdre has granted a motion from the Alabama Attorney General's Office to stay her previous ruling, which ordered the state to reveal
The father of a 4-year-old girl who was brutally decapitated in broad daylight on the streets of Taipei two years ago, has had enough of apologies from the suspect and wants the judges to sentence the man to death, reported CNA.During a court hearing over the brutal murder of a little girl on
18 condemned inmates say in new court filings that the executions of 4 men in Arkansas last year exposed problems that should render the state's lethal injection procedure unconstitutional.The prisoners late Monday asked a federal judge to let them amend a lawsuit filed after Arkansas scheduled 8
Anthony Wright, the Philadelphia man who served nearly 25 years of a life-without-parole sentence for a 1991 rape and murder that DNA evidence decades later proved he did not commit, on Wednesday received a nearly $10 million settlement from the city, the largest wrongful-conviction payout in
The fate of a Missouri death row inmate whose execution was halted last year after DNA evidence raised questions about his case is on hold as a result of former Gov. Eric Greitens' resignation.Marcellus Williams, 49, was hours away from being put to death in August when Greitens halted the