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 Kansas and New York that had had abandoned the death penalty, reinstated Leggi Tutto
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
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is one of 27 states where state-backed executions are still legal, but no one has been put to death in a Hoosier prison in 15 years. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Attorney General Todd Rokita look to change that.On Wednesday, Rokita’s office filed a motion with the
Richard Rojem’s death sentence was twice overturned by appellate courts, but his conviction itself has never been fully revisited.RICHARD ROJEM JR. had 20 minutes to address the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. Wearing a maroon prison uniform, he raised his cuffed right hand and swore to tell
Days before his scheduled execution in Texas, Ramiro Gonzales speaks on faith, legacy — and apologizing to the family of his victim, Bridget Townsend.On Wednesday evening, Texas prison officials plan to execute Ramiro Gonzales, the 41-year-old who kidnapped, raped and murdered Bridget Townsend
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
Judge to decide fate of ex-prison guard trainee Zephen Xaver, who pleaded guilty to 2019 execution-style murdersA jury on Wednesday recommended a former prison guard trainee be sentenced to death for his execution-style murders of five women inside a Florida bank five years ago.Jurors voted 9-3
The Islamic Republic's judiciary has executed one more prisoner amid a surge in the death penalty.Nategh Hosseini was executed at Qazvin Central Prison on Saturday, reportedly in the presence of his seven-year-old son. According to the Iran Human Rights Organization, Hosseini had been
When Gov. Ron DeSantis was seeking the Republican presidential nomination last year, he ratcheted up the pace of executions, overseeing six – the most in Florida in almost a decade. But by the time DeSantis’ presidential bid ended in January, his fervor for executions had abated
*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
Texas executed Ramiro Gonzales on Wednesday despite a stunning reversal from a psychiatrist who helped send him to death row 17 years ago. Gonzales, 41, was killed by lethal injection as punishment for kidnapping, raping and murdering Bridget Townsend when they were both 18. At the time
WASHINGTON — Two executions — one in Texas and one in Oklahoma — scheduled for the end of June will be the eighth and ninth executions to take place this year in the United States. They would also be the second executions in each state this year, according to the Death Penalty Information
PETALING JAYA: The Federal Court has rejected the attempts by 19 death row inmates to commute their sentences, said Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.The Law and Institutional Reforms minister said the Federal Court dismissed 19 review applications from 474 applications which have been completely