In 1992, Kenneth Rouse, an African American man with an IQ between 70 and 80 - "borderline intellectual functioning," in the clinical parlance - prepared to stand trial in North Carolina on charges that he had robbed, murdered and attempted to rape a white, 63-year-old store clerk.Rouse's lawyers questioned the prospective Leggi Tutto
Bandar Abbas execution, Nov. 15, 2014Two weeks after the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Iran, where the vast use of the death penalty and public executions was among biggest concerns of the international community, Iranian authorities continue the executions as before.Five public executions
Kentucky is dropping its proposed use of a two-drug execution method after the prolonged deaths of inmates in two other states that used a similar means to carry out death sentences.In a filing Thursday in Franklin Circuit Court, prosecutors cited "recent events in other states" as the reason for
Finnish authorities are working to overturn the sentence of a Somali man sentenced to death in Somalia, on the grounds that he is also a permanent resident of Finland. Foreign Ministry Consular Assistance Unit Chief Teemu Turunen says authorities only heard of the case last Friday, and have since
One man was hanged in public in the city of Shiraz. He was convicted of Moharebeh (war against God) and Corruption on earth.Iran Human Rights, November 12, 2014: According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA one prisoner was hanged in public in the city of Shiraz (southern Iran) early
Gallows at Tokyo Detention CenterThe Japan Federation of Bar Associations said Wednesday it has submitted a written request for Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa, who assumed the portfolio last month, to suspend the execution of death row inmates.The move came after the U.N. Human Rights Committee
Gov. John HickenlooperGov. John HickenlooperNovember 10, 2014: The death penalty was a focal point of Colorado's gubernatorial race and though most Coloradans support the death penalty, Gov. John Hickenlooper's stance against it did not wind up costing him re-election.Hickenlooper granted an indefinite reprieve to
(Reuters) - The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized in April killing 304 passengers was jailed for 36 years on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of negligence, but was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty.The court convicted the ship's chief
The Massachusetts Legislature abolished the state's death penalty in 1984As Massachusetts braces for the upcoming death penalty trial of the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, the state's other death penalty defendant is also heading back to court: Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter from Abington
USS ColeThe defense team for a Saudi man accused of organizing the attack on the USS Cole asked a Guantanamo Bay judge Wednesday to stop him from facing capital punishment.Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri faces the death penalty if convicted of charges stemming the Cole suicide bombing, and from the attack
What would change among young people and in the world if role plays dealt with human rights?In Italy it recently happened with "Precious. The most precious thing". The first role-playing game on the topic of death penalty, carried out by Coyote Press in collaboration with Amnesty International
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said Thursday that the state does not have the legal authority to execute the 4 men who remain on death row following the legislature's decision last year to abolish capital punishment.The legislation, championed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), did not
ALGIERS, Nov.13 (Xinhua) -- Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Louh said on Thursday the restoration of the suspended death penalty in the country requires an open and objective debate, the official APS news agency reported.Louh made the remarks as he answered a question asked by parliament members
Michael A. Ponsor: "The Hanging Judge"Judge Michael A. Ponsor's novel "The Hanging Judge" involves a murder trial.In the United States legal system, there are few cases where stakes are as high and pressure is as intense as one involving the death penalty. The daunting question of life or death
Chadwick BanksChadwick BanksChadwick Banks, convicted in the 1992 murder of his wife and stepdaughter, said he was sorry to a room of 19 witnesses before he was executed Thursday night at Florida State Prison."I would like to apologize to the following families who I hurt and disappointed by my actions 22 years
So Why Won't Prosecutors Pursue a Cheaper Option: Life in Prison? The costs of prosecuting Christopher Montfort, Joseph McEnroe, and Michele Anderson are going to be huge.Dead leaves dance on the sidewalk under the huge windows of King County Superior Court judge Ron Kessler's courtroom, while
The Associated Press and other media organizations have brought lawsuits against Arizona challenging the state's secrecy regarding death penalty drugs.The Arizona Republic, KPNX-TV Channel 12 (Arizona's NBC affiliate), KPHO (Arizona's CBS affiliate), Guardian News & Media LLC, and the
On an April night in 1997, when Shonelle Jackson was eighteen, he went out to a local club in Montgomery, Alabama. As he and several friends watched a d.j. perform, a young man called Cocomo—a gang member from across town—walked up behind him and slapped him in the head, then ran off. The Leggi
To all our constant readers – we have had a death in thefamily so we will be back in a fortnight. Thank you for all the follows. Jane and Sue, Managing editors, WVoN Leggi Tutto
12 prisoners were hanged inside the Orumiyeh Central Prison between October 18 and October 29, 9 of these for drug trafficking crimes, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.According to a source, on October 18, 2014, 5 inmates sentenced to death on drug-related charges
Public flogging in IranPublic flogging in IranA Supreme Court branch reviewing the appeal request in the case of Soheil Arabi, a man convicted of "sabb al-nabi" (insulting the Prophet) and sentenced to death, will soon announce its ruling, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran."The Judge
Gallows (R) and control room (L) at Tokyo Detention CenterA former death row inmate cleared of murder is giving new life to a fund that tries to help those facing execution secure a retrial.Masao Akahori, 85, spent more than 30 years on death row for the murder of a 6-year-old girl Leggi Tutto
A victims' rights organization sued California state officials on Thursday as it seeks to speed up executions that have been on hold since 2006.Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed a petition in Sacramento County Superior Court asking a judge to order state corrections
Oklahoma new death chamberOklahoma new death chamberExecutions are on hold in Oklahoma until next year, but the Department of Corrections says its new death chamber is ready.Up until this time last month, the state was scheduled to carry out its 1st death sentence since a botched execution in April. That Leggi Tutto
Leon TaylorLeon TaylorFederal panel denies stay to Missouri inmate scheduled to dieA 3-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a stay of execution to the Missouri inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection next week.Leon Taylor's attorney says his death sentence should be commuted to
Public execution in KSAA man who was convicted of smuggling heroin in his intestines has become the seventh Pakistani beheaded for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia in a month.Niaz Mohammad Ghulam Mohammad was executed in Kharj Governorate in the Riyadh Region because he tried to smuggle 'a large
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a convicted drug trafficker, the interior ministry announced, bringing to 66 the number of executions this year despite international concerns.Mohammed bin Abd al-Ghani bin Hassan al-Khatir, a Saudi, "was caught smuggling a large quantity of drugs in the form of
Nebraska officials should prepare for a possible botched execution if they obtain the lethal drugs to carry out the death penalty, says a former Oregon prison warden who opposes capital punishment.And if a condemned inmate fails to die as planned, some of the prison staff members assigned to the
4 men, who were sentenced to death for rape and murder, were bailed4 men facing the death penalty for raping, killing and dismembering an Ethiopian maid five years ago have been bailed after blood money was paid to the victim's family.The Sharjah Appeals Court dropped the death penalty, according
Man convicted of “Moharebeh” (waging waragainstGod)makes victory sign beforebeing hanged. (Source: Iran Human Rights) The Iranian regime's henchmen hanged a man in public in a main square in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Saturday.The state-run news outlets are running copies of a short
Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal will issue a death warrant for Mohammad Kamaruzzaman once it gets a copy of the Appellate Division verdict, the attorney general has said.Whether a summary or the full verdict will be sent depends on the Appellate Division, Mahbubey Alam said on Sunday."We'll know
Human Rights Minister Yasonna LaolyThe minister who will advise Indonesia's new president on whether to grant clemency to 2 Australians says he's personally against the death penalty.Indonesia's former president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, failed to sign a decree commuting the death sentences of
November 7, 2014: Saudi Arabia beheaded two Pakistanis for drug smuggling between 5 and 6 November. On 5 November, Mohammed Sadiq Hanif was executed in the eastern town of Khubar for his attempt to smuggle "a large amount" of heroin hidden in his stomach into the kingdom, the Interior Ministry
The perfect body: a set of healthy organs, strong bones and muscles, around 5 litres of clotting blood, and a functioning brain, all encased in a protective layer of tissue? Not according to Victoria’s Secret, whose latest advertising campaign suggests that the ‘perfect body’ consists of long legs