Yesterday, as part of what is likely the Court’s last regular release of opinions before summer break, the Florida Supreme Court issued decisions in two direct appeals.Cox v. StateThis is Allen Ward Cox’s direct appeal from his sentence of death imposed on resentencing granted as a result of Hurst.1 The opinion is authored by Justice Sasso.Cox was originally sentenced to death for Leggi Tutto
Last week brought new evidence of crippling flaws in America’s death penalty system. The number of people exonerated and freed from death row over the last 50 years reached 200.Such flaws appear irreparable. They remind us of the damage that capital punishment does to some of our most important
A July 10, 2024, National Public Radio (NPR) investigation has revealed that Rite Away, a small chain of pharmacies located around San Antonio and Austin, Texas, compounded and provided pentobarbital for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) between 2019 and late 2023 to carry out
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate will not ask the courts to block his execution next week but is requesting that the state not perform an autopsy on his body because of his Muslim faith, according to a lawsuit.Keith Edmund Gavin, 64, is scheduled to be executed July 18 by lethal
Earlier charges of drug trafficking were dropped, it would’ve carried the death penaltyA court in Indonesia has sentenced an Australian man to 6 months of medical rehabilitation after finding him guilty of possessing methamphetamine on the tourist island of Bali.Troy Andrew Smith, from Port
If you expand the pool of potential capital defendants to include non-lethal child rape, you substantially increase the potential for wrongful convictions.Sarah McGee has served as a victim-witness coordinator for the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, a probation officer, an assistant
Labor activist Sharifeh Mohammadi has been sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in the northern city of Rasht, rights groups told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda on July 4, a move her supporters have labeled "medieval and criminal."The court said the woman been convicted on charges of "armed
Keith Gavin is scheduled to be executed in Alabama on July 18, 2024. He was convicted of a 1998 murder and sentenced to death in 1999. The jury vote was 10-2 for the death penalty.In 2020, a federal judge ruled that Gavin’s legal representation during sentencing was constitutionally inadequate
"Singapore is Disneyland with the death penalty" — William GibsonSINGAPORE - A Singapore court has sentenced a Japanese man to 17.5 years in prison and 20 strokes of the cane for raping and sexually assaulting a woman in 2019, a court document showed, marking the first case of a Japanese national
Kozhikode/ Riyadh: A criminal court in Riyadh has overturned the death sentence of Machilakath Abdul Rahim, a resident of Seenath Manzil in Kodambuzha, who had been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for the past 18 years for the murder of a Saudi national. The court’s decision came after the
A Pakistani court has sentenced a Christian man to death over blasphemy charges. The man is accused of uploading pictures of torn pages of the Quran on social media, as a police spokesperson told the German Press Agency on Monday. The verdict was handed down by an Anti-Terrorism
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); June 28, 2024: Mehdi Sharifian, Kasra Karami, Hadi Rostami and Mehdi Shahivand are imminent risk of having their fingers amputated for theft charges in Urmia Central Prison.Iran Human Rights warns of the four men’s sentences being carried out in the days following the
It looks very likely that the state of Texas will execute Ruben Gutierrez on July 16 without ever having DNA tested fingernail scrapings, bloodstains, and hair that he says will prove he is not a murderer.Gutierrez was convicted in 1999 of conspiring with two other men to rob Escolastica
Iraqi court issued a death sentence Wednesday against one of the wives of the late brutal Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alleging that she was complicit in crimes committed against Yazidi women.Baghdad | An Iraqi court issued a death sentence Wednesday against one of the wives of the
PUTRAJAYA — The Federal Court here today upheld the death sentence of a former contract labourer Muidin Maidin who killed four-year-old Nurul Nadirah Abdullah, also known as Dirang, 12 years ago.A three-judge panel led by Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, in upholding the death sentence
PROSPECT HEIGHTS – After the 200th death row exoneration in the United States since 1973 earlier this week, a Catholic organization that advocates against the death penalty is calling for an end to the “broken system of capital punishment” to ensure innocent people aren’t executed in the
The head of the Catholic Church in Pakistan has lambasted a court for passing the death sentence on a Christian man found guilty of blasphemy in connection with one of the worst atrocities against minorities in the country's history. Bishop Samson Shukardin, President of the Catholic
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 4, 2024: Yasser Ghafourian, Mohammad Houshiar Alizadeh and two unidentified men, one an Afghan national, were secretly executed in Mashhad Central Prison.According to HRANA news agency, four men were executed in Mashhad (Vakil Abad) Central Prison on 30
Tan Kian Ngip also tried to hide his crime by trying to set the victims’ house ablaze, but was unsuccessfulThe High Court in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan has ordered a 45-year-old man to be sent to the gallows after he was found guilty of murdering his adoptive parents.Justice Rohani
The Government of Albania has asked the judicial authorities in China on Tuesday to avoid the death penalty in the criminal case against an Albanian citizen accused of drug trafficking.It is learned that the Prosecutor's Office in the city of Guangzhou, in the province of Guangdong, has requested
Japan needs to revise its retrial system, which leads to prolonged proceedings that could last for decades, a sister of Iwao Hakamada, an aging former inmate on retrial for a 1966 quadruple murder in central Japan, said Wednesday."We have been fighting for 58 years, and finally we are in a
Lawyers for Robert Robertson say the science used to sentence him to death is questionable and that prior health issues could explain the death of his 2-year-old daughter in 2003.A Texas court on Monday set an execution date for Robert Roberson, who was sentenced to death in 2003 for killing his
Governor Eric Holcomb says he isn’t worried about a plan to put to death a state prisoner with a drug that’s never been used in an Indiana execution.Holcomb said Thursday that while Indiana has never used pentobarbital in an execution, “Other states have, and we've done our due diligence.”READ
Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 11, 2024: Ali Ezati, a farmer on death row for drug-related offences, was executed in Zanjan Central Prison.According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Zanjan Central Prison on 6 July. His identity has been established as
(Beirut) – A Saudi court has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison on charges related to his peaceful social media activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The conviction is the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s likely transnational repression due to his family member’s activities abroad and yet
In 1999, there were 98 executions in the United States. In that same year, there were 276 new death sentences, and the size of death row reached 3,625 prisoners across the country. That year was not an anomaly: these statistics had been steadily rising over the preceding decade. States like
*Earlier today, I released all of my writings on the April 4, 2024 execution of my friend Michael Smith in Oklahoma. Below is the chapter that I wrote about Smith’s execution. The entire book “Underrepresented: Michael Smith, Oklahoma & the Death Penalty” is available for purchase here
A court sentenced nine people to death by hanging on Saturday as part of its verdict on 43 defendants in total accused of affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is classified as a terrorist organization in Egypt, and of conducting operations targeting the state, its facilities and
The drug has been used by the feds and in other states, but officials are hushed about its origins, cost and standards for administration.Little is known about how Indiana acquired pentobarbital, a drug that state officials plan to use to restart executions for the first time in more than a
Robert would be first person in the U.S. executed based on the discredited shaken baby syndrome hypothesis unless the courts or Gov. Abbott intervenesRobert Roberson is an innocent father with autism who has spent over 20 years on death row in Texas for a crime that never occurred.Mr. Roberson
Connecticut-based company Absolute Standards, which was identified as the source of lethal injection drugs used in 13 federal executions in 2020 and 2021, has said it will no longer produce the drug used in executions—pentobarbital. In a letter to two Connecticut lawmakers, John Criscio
An enraged mob torched at least 24 Churches and 80 houses of Christian members in August last year over allegations of Quran desecration. Over 200 Muslims were arrested but none of them have been convicted so far, instead 188 of them were released on bail or lack of evidence.Pakistan blasphemy: A
A 39-year-old man was sentenced to death Tuesday for murdering a woman and her son and robbing them at her residence in Oita Prefecture, southwestern Japan, in 2020.During the trial at the Oita District Court, prosecutors sought the death penalty for Shoichi Sato, presenting evidence including
The North Carolina mother who tortured and murdered two of her adopted children could face the death penalty after the children's partial remains were found in a metal burn barrel in the back of her house.The siblings Blake and London Deven have not been seen for years, but were never reported