Death penalty repeal pushed in Delaware LegislatureLawmakers returning to Dover today will consider repealing Delaware’s death penalty, overturning all 17 current death row sentences and substituting life without parole.A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, is teaming with the American Civil Liberties Union to push the repeal effort. A rally is planned today at...Read more
Florida Senate panel considers death penalty changesTALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In what would be a significant change to the state's capital punishment system, a Florida Senate panel discussed a bill Monday to require a jury to unanimously recommend the death penalty.The Senate's Criminal Justice committee took up the bill (SB 148), but ran out of time to
Saudi Arabia beheads national for murderHis execution brings to 18 the number beheaded in Saudi Arabia so far this year.Riyadh: Saudi Arabia beheaded on Monday in Riyadh one of its nationals convicted of stabbing to death a fellow Saudi, the interior ministry said.Khalid Bin Hamad stabbed to death Abdul Mohsen Bin Othman after a
Oklahoma execution of Steven Ray Thacker set to go ahead TuesdayThirteen years ago, while millions of folks were fretting the onset of Y2K, Steven Ray Thacker was creating a doomsday all his own.From Dec. 23, 1999, to Jan. 2, 2000, Thacker killed three people in as many states, starting with the kidnapping, rape and fatal stabbing of Laci Dawn Hill, 25, of
Texas: Bill Would Limit Execution of Intellectually DisabledBefore Texas executed Marvin Wilson last year for the 1992 murder of Jerry Robert Williams in Beaumont, his case generated headlines, reminding the nation of a rather unique corner of death penalty law here.The standards used to determine whether a Texan convicted of murder is mentally fit to be
5 reasons why Saudi Arabia must urgently abolish the death penaltyPlans to execute, next week [Executions have been stayed as of March 3, 2013], 7 men convicted after being allegedly tortured into "confessing" to an armed robbery and then crucify the body of 1 of them confirm Saudi Arabia's fundamentally flawed approach to law and order, Amnesty International
Florida House looks to speed up death penaltyTALLAHASSEE -- With more than 400 people on Florida's Death Row, a House subcommittee Tuesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment that is part of a plan to try to reduce delays in carrying out the death penalty.The proposed constitutional amendment would shift power from the courts system
Public execution in KSAPublic execution in KSA(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has postponed the execution of seven men convicted of armed robbery committed when most of them were juveniles while the royal court looks into a request for a retrial, relatives and family friends said on Tuesday.The seven were sentenced to death in
Riots to Protest Death Sentence Enter 3rd Day in BangladeshDemonstrators protesting the death penalty given to an Islamic political party leader clashed with Bangladeshi security forces for a 3rd straight day on Saturday, killing 2 people and injuring about a dozen, the police said.Delawar Hossain Sayedee, one of the top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, the
China airs drug traffickers' moments before executionChinese police officers leading aninmate into a special execution vanIt was reality television in the extreme.Chinese state television Friday broadcast nearly 1 hour of live images of the last moments of 4 foreign drug traffickers about to be executed for the 2011 killing of 13 Chinese
Taiwan to Continue Enforcing Death PenaltyTaiwan says it will continue to enforce the death penalty, despite international appeals to end capital punishment on the island.Taiwan has executed 15 people since 2010, when it ended a 5-year informal moratorium on the death penalty. 6 people were put to death in the latest round of executions
Iran: Five executed over drug chargesIran Human Rights, February 27: According to the official Iranian media five prisoners have been hanged in three different Iranian cities. All the prisoners are convicted of drug-related charges.Three prisoners hanged in the prison of Qazvin on February 24:The official website of the Iranian
Colorado Death ChamberColorado Death ChamberAttorneys for Colorado death-row inmate Nathan Dunlap are working on a clemency petition in the hopes of persuading Gov. John Hickenlooper to spare the killer's life.Records show, however, that the petition will not be the first outreach by Dunlap's attorneys to the
Jail Death Of Delhi Rape Suspect Sparks CriticismNEW DELHI (AP) — Whether he was killed or committed suicide, the jailhouse death Monday of a man on trial for the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a New Delhi bus has triggered shock at the enormous security failure at one of India's best-known prisons.Authorities said Ram Singh, who was
No more beheading? Saudi Arabia considers death row gunfire executionsAL ARABIYA - Saudi Arabia is looking into the possibility of implementing executions by shooting and not decapitation, Saudi daily “Al-Yawm” reported on Sunday.The daily quoted sources as saying the suggestion was being studied by a commission formed from members of the ministries of interior and
Three executed in Iran, two hanged in publicIran Human Rights, March 6: Three prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian cities.Public execution of two prisoners in Mianeh:Two prisoners were hanged publicly in the Torkmanchai area of Mianeh (northwestern Iran) reported the state run Iranian news agency Mehr. The prisoners who were
China: Death row gatekeepersChinese history was made in Kunming, Yunnan Province on Friday, when Naw Kham, the notorious Myanmar drug lord from the Golden Triangle, was executed along with 3 of his accomplices. A flurry of media reports have followed the case given its significance as the first time China has hunted down
Yemen: Juvenile Offenders Face Execution; At Least 22 on Death Row; Dozens More at Risk of Death SentencePublic execution in YemenSanaa, July 6, 2009Yemen's government should stop seeking and carrying out the death penalty for child offenders, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi should immediately reverse execution orders for three alleged juvenile
Remembering a Death Row Exoneree"Dennis Williams, a former death-row inmate whose exoneration became a rallying cry for opponents of the death penalty in Illinois, died on Thursday at his home. He was 46. An autopsy has not yet been performed..." -- The New York Times: March 25, 2003To outsiders a decade ago this month, Dennis
In China, death row entertainment is nothing newA fierce debate is raging in China over a state-run channel's decision to air the last hours of four foreign drug smugglers before their executions for killing 13 Chinese fishermen. But the outrage belies a simple reality in China: Executions here are frequent - and TV stations have treated them as
Zimbabwe: 'No Plans to Hang Death Row Inmates'ZIMBABWE Prison Services (ZPS) deputy commissioner Agrey Machingauta said there are no plans to carry out any executions in the country and the ZPS hopes all 77 death row inmates get a reprieve.Zimbabwe recently hired a hangman raising speculation that the country could be resuming executions, but
China: Tougher supervision of death sentencesChinese police officers leading aninmate into a special execution van.The country's top prosecuting department has set up a new internal branch to supervise the reviews of death sentences that have been submitted to the top court for approval, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate
Emirati woman who tortured, murdered Ethiopian maid to walk free after paying blood moneyAn Emirati woman who murdered her Ethiopian housemaid in Abu Dhabi is set to walk free after the maid’s relatives agreed to pardon the defendant in return for diya (blood money), a newspaper reported on Tuesday.A criminal court in the capital said it would issue a verdict on March 25 after the
Philippines Races to Save Man on Saudi Death RowSaudi Arabia's King Abdullah has suspended all executions for three months, giving a Filipino worker on death row an unexpected reprieve after his family and the Philippine government failed to meet a deadline to raise compensation money to pay the victim's family, officials said Tuesday.Vice
Gary Haugen's execution request will be heard by Oregon Supreme CourtConvicted murderer Gary Haugen's request to be executed will be heard by the state Supreme Court this week.The seven justices will hear oral arguments Thursday on whether the twice-convicted murderer can legally reject an unconditional reprieve issued by Gov. John Kitzhaber in 2011. Kitzhaber's
Virginia's death row population down to 8RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's death row population has dwindled to eight from a peak of 57 in 1995, and it's not just because of the state's efficiency in carrying out capital punishment.A couple of death sentences have been erased recently -- one because of the inmate's mental health issues
Frederick TreeshFrederick TreeshLUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard in 1994 at the end of a multistate crime spree was executed on Wednesday.Frederick Treesh received a single powerful dose of pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 10:37 by Donald Morgan, warden of
Concern over executions and crackdown on dissent in IranIran's human rights record has deteriorated over the past year with a rise in the number of public executions coupled with ever-shrinking space for political dissent, a UN special investigator has said during a visit to Dublin.Last month Ahmed Shaheed, who was appointed UN special rapporteur on
Poll: North Carolina residents reject death penalty; Respondents favor life without parole and restitutionNorth Carolinians would rather have convicted killers pay restitution to their victims' families if they spend the rest of their lives behind bars, according to a new poll.A survey by Public Policy Polling found 68 % of North Carolina residents support replacing the death penalty with life in
India re-assures Portugal on Abu Salem caseNew Delhi, Mar 4, 2013 (PTI) - India today assured Portugal that it would remain compliant with the expectations of Portuguese system and judiciary on the issue of gangster Abu Salem.The assurance comes amidst Portugal raising objection to the charges invoked by the police against Salem, who was
Amputation TreatmentOn Thursday February 14, Doctors in Al-Ribat University hospital in Khartoum-Sudan executed a court sentence of amputation of a man who was convicted of Brigandage. His right hand and left foot was cut off by doctors in the hospital. He is 30 years old and accused of robbery. According to the
Six executions in Iran, four carried out in publicIran Human Rights, February 28: Six prisoners were hanged in three different Iranian cities reported the Iranian state media. Four of the prisoners were hanged in public.Four prisoners hanged publicly in Gachsaran (western Iran) today:According to the official Iranian news agency IRNA four
Pakistan: 7,046 death row inmates awaiting executionAppeals of 5,378 pending in provincial high courts, 1,031 in apex courtThe Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday that 7,046 inmates on death row are awaiting execution across the country.The Interior Ministry, through the attorney general of Pakistan's office, on Wednesday submitted complete
KSA: Jordanian beheaded for drug traffickingHis execution brings to 16 number of people beheaded in kingdom this year.Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Sunday beheaded a Jordanian man convicted of drug trafficking, the interior ministry said.Faris Salam Salama Al Maghrebi was arrested while attempting to “smuggle a large amount of amphetamine”