A federal judge upheld the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures used in Arkansas for carrying out the death penalty. A group of inmates on death row had challenged the protocol used for capital punishment, arguing that it violated constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment. A federal judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas denied the Leggi Tutto
For a President who is a longstanding proponent of capital punishment and is gearing up to run a law-and-order re-election campaign, Attorney General William Barr’s June 15 order to resume federal executions was a gift. As Barr in a statement accompanying the order, “The American people, acting
In February 2019, police accused Yohavnis Roque of killing his 2-year-old daughter in their Orange County home. Now, his defense attorney is working to try and persuade the state to avoid the death penalty after a doctor said Roque was insane at the time of the incident.The nation-wide shutdown
The Justice Department has set new dates to begin executing federal death-row inmates following a monthslong legal battle over the plan to resume the executions for the first time since 2003.Attorney General William Barr directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions, beginning
Utah has become the latest U.S. state to have gone more than a decade without carrying out an execution. The state last put a prisoner to death on June 18, 2010, when it executed Ronnie Gardner by firing squad.Utah joins a list of 34 states — more than two thirds of the country — that either do
Donald Trump has defended the police officer who shot dead Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, as a number of officers called in sick after their colleague was charged with murder.Garrett Rolfe, a white officer, shot Brooks, who is black, twice in the back as Brooks pointed a police Taser stun gun in his
Iranian political prisoner Narges Mohammadi has spoken out about the horrific psychological torture that she is suffering in Zanjan Prison, forced to hear and watch the executions of prisoners.Mohammadi, the former representative and vice president of the League of Human Rights Defenders in Iran
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police officers called out sick to protest the filing of murder charges against an officer who shot a man in the back, while the interim chief acknowledged members of the force feel abandoned amid protests demanding massive changes to policing.Interim Chief Rodney Bryant
Prosecutors across the country are defying traditionally cozy relationships with police departments, swiftly charging officers with murder, assault and other crimes following protests over the death of George Floyd and dropping charges against demonstrators.Even just a few years ago, when
The SC said that the crime took place two months prior to the amendment of the POCSO Act by Parliament, adding that retrospective effect to the law cannot be granted.The Supreme Court has said that retrospective effect to a law cannot be granted, and refused to award death penalty to a convict
Gutierrez has long fought for DNA testing he says could prove his innocence in a 1998 Brownsville murder and home robbery. But the high court's ruling centered on Texas prison officials' recent decision to keep religious advisers out of the execution room. The U.S. Supreme Court halted the Texas
Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, has joined the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing a change in Texas execution protocols implemented last April, which bans chaplains and ministers from
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — A judge has indefinitely postponed the death penalty trial of the confessed Parkland shooter due to coronavirus-related restrictions.Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said in a hearing held remotely that it’s not even clear when the Broward County courthouse
THE debate over retaining the death penalty in the country's statutes should not cloud the court when assessing murder sentences, a High Court judge said after condemning two robbers to death for killing a taxi driver two years ago.Zimbabwe's Constitution allows death sentence to be passed on
In a third “honor killing” in less than a month, a 22-year-old woman bled to death after her father hit her with an iron bar, leading to widespread demand for justice in Iran where a father killing his child is not considered a murder.The victim, identified as Rayhaneh Ameri from Kerman province
Just after midnight on May 21, 1987, I watched as Edward slowly choked to death, gulping in cyanide gas, a means directly descended from the Zyklon B used on an industrial scale by the Nazis. A few minutes earlier, I had walked with Edward into the awful, oval Mississippi gas chamber, and hugged
With the nation’s attention focused on racial injustice, now is the time to confront the racial disparity on death row.The millions of Americans protesting to achieve racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s brutal killing in Minneapolis have a lot on their plate. But there is one issue, in
Iran Human Rights (IHR); June 19, 2020: A man was hanged in public in the Iranian northwestern city of Firuraq on Thursday, June 11. This is the first recorded public execution in Iran in 2020.According to Azarbakhish website, on the morning of Thursday, June 11, 2020, a man was executed in
PETALING JAYA: A new study by research group The Centre shows that while 60% of Malaysians believe the death sentence is needed, less than 15% are supportive of the mandatory death penalty.The study, which took into account the views of 500 participants in the peninsula, sought to test the extent
The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot a black man as he ran away with the officer's Taser last week has been charged with murder, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Wednesday. Garrett Rolfe, who was fired after the killing of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, faces 11
The US Justice Department has scheduled the executions of four federal inmates for the first time since 2003 after months of legal challenges.Attorney General William Barr has ordered the executions to begin in July of the men on death-row, who were all convicted of killing children.The inmates
Paul Scully, review of employment rights, survivors of domestic abuse, call for submissions, best practise, Vera Baird, Review aims to give employers the confidence and knowledge to support workers affected by domestic abuse.Business Minister Paul Scully has launched a review of employment rights for survivors of domestic abuse and is calling for submissions from organisations and individuals.The review will
Boise County Prosecutor Adam Strong filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against the Idaho man accused of fatally shooting an 11-year-old boy in March.Authorities allege that Benjamin Poirier, 44, of Emmett, killed the boy in Horseshoe Bend on March 15. Poirier, who is charged with
At least 1,300 prisoners have been imprisoned on U.S. death rows for more than two decades, in violation of U.S. human rights obligations, a Death Penalty Information Center report on death-row incarceration practices has found. The number represents more than half of all U.S. death-row prisoners
(ATLANTA) — An attorney for former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe is questioning Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr.’s decision to charge his client in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks before the Georgia Bureau of Investigations could finish its investigation.In an
Iran Human Rights (IHR); June 22, 2020: Death row prisoner Omid Hashem-Zehi was executed at Zahedan prison on June 17.According to HRANA, death row prisoner Omid Hashem-Zehi (27) was executed at the central prison of Zahedan city, southern Iran, on June 17. He was arrested two years ago and
A notice of execution was signed for a death row inmate convicted of a 2015 double murder in Lancaster CountyLeeton Thomas was convicted of killing Lisa and Hailey Scheetz and severely injuring Lisa Scheetz's other daughter in their East Drumore Township home in June 2015.Pennsylvania Department
Only three weeks after the harrowing murder of Romina Ashrafi,13, who was beheaded in her sleep by her own father, two young women are murdered by their family members.The tragic deaths of Fatemeh Barihi, 19 and Reyhaneh Ameri, 22, who were murdered by their husband and father respectively
The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to fast-track filings in a case involving the Trump administration’s plans to resume federal executions this summer, which death-row inmates challenging their scheduled lethal injections hope the justices will agree to take up.The court ordered the death-row
Iran Human Rights (IHR); June 17, 2020: Two prisoners were hanged at Mashhad prison on Tuesday, June 9. They were sentenced to death for murder.According to the Iranian news website ILNA, a man was hanged on June 9 at the central prison of Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province.  He was sentenced to
Letter, 220 signatories, Home Office, Priti Patel, Boris Johnson, financial support, asylum seekers, COVID-19, Women for Refugee Women, Asylum Matters, Safe Passsage, It is now barely 40 per cent of the allowance people over 25 receive on Universal Credit.On 8 June the Home Office announced a shameful increase of just £1.85 a week to the financial support people seeking asylum in the UK rely on.That is a meagre 26p a day; and leaves people still forced to
The Iranian regime flogged five political prisoners and peaceful activists in June 2020.All of those flogged are people who have been arrested for peaceful activities or exercising their rights to freedom of speech.On Monday, June 8, the flogging sentence for Mohamamd Bagher Souri, detained
Today a Texas inmate condemned for fatally stabbing an 85-year-old woman more than 2 decades ago is scheduled to die by lethal injection, as the nation’s busiest death penalty state prepares to resume executions after a 4-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Prosecutors said Ruben Gutierrez
In a 6-3 opinion, the justices said Terence Andrus had ineffective assistance from his lawyer and that it was unclear if the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals properly considered whether that could have affected his sentence.The U.S. Supreme Court has again ruled against Texas’ top criminal court