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USP Terre Haute Federal Executions | "If you have any concerns, feel free to call the Complex Case Management Coordinator"

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The letter below was received by Lisa Brown, mother of Christopher Vialva, who was executed by the federal government in September 2020 . Lisa was present and witnessed the execution. Sure, this is probably a part of the protocol, but its lack of recognition that she was there, and the very idea that they care one bit if anyone has questions or concerns, is just one more inconsiderate and insensitive jab at the families of the condemned... Click to enlarge Source:   Death Penalty Action , Staff, February 13, 2021 đźš© | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; contact the webmaster, contact us: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com . Opposed to Capital Punishment? Help us keep this blog up and running! DONATE! "One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." -- Os

USA | The slow demise of the death penalty

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Late one night in September, 2006, a Houston police officer named Rodney Johnson pulled over a truck for speeding. The driver, Juan Quintero, was an undocumented immigrant and could not show any identification. While patting Mr. Quintero down, Mr. Johnson failed to find a small handgun in his waistband. From the backseat of the police car, Mr. Quintero shot through the driver’s seat, hitting Mr. Johnson 7 times and killing him. At the time, Houston was the death-penalty capital of Texas, which was itself the death-penalty capital of the United States. Long before Donald Trump was deriding immigrants, Mr. Quintero became a public villain. He had previously been deported after a sexual-assault charge. He was precisely the sort of person who usually received a death sentence in Texas. Houston had also been infamous for defence lawyers who fell asleep during trials, but Mr. Quintero was fortunate. His lawyer Danalynn Recer, who runs a tiny, donation-based non-profit called the Gulf Region

Arizona ready to execute death row inmates, corrections director says

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Arizona is now ready to resume executions after being on pause since 2014, according to an email sent by the state corrections director to the attorney general. For more than a year, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, speaking on behalf of victims' families, has encouraged Gov. Doug Ducey to resume executions. Lawsuits and lack of access to lethal drugs have prevented the state from carrying out death sentences. More than 100 people are on Arizona's death row, and at least 22 of them have exhausted all of their appeals. David Shinn, director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, alerted Brnovich that the agency has been working to obtain the necessary the drugs and to find someone who could administer them. "ADCRR now stands ready to commence the execution process," Shinn wrote. Katie Conner, spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office, told The Republic this is an important step for victims and their families, many of whom ha

Iran Human Rights Monitor, Monthly Report – February 2021

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February saw the state crackdown on protests by fuel traders in Sistan and Baluchestan that started in Saravan, southeastern Iran. The protests erupted on February 22 when Baluch fuel carriers gathered near an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) base on the border in Saravan to protest the border closure. The Guards, who had dug large holes on the border to prevent fuel carriers from passing, gunned down the protesters, killing and wounding dozens of people. The regime shut down or disrupted internet connections on February 24 to quell the Sistan and Baluchestan protests. However, sporadic clashes and other forms of protest continued for a week and spread to several other cities in the province including in the provincial capital, Zahedan. At least 40 fuel traders were reported killed and 100 injured. Among those killed was a 16-year-old boy identified as Hassan Mohammadzehi. In a statement released on March 2, Amnesty International called for an independent inquiry into the kill

Tennessee | Prosecutors will seek death penalty in adopted child's death

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a Roane County couple charged with murder in the death of one of their adopted children, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Roane County authorities recovered the body of Sophie Heather Gray in the backyard of Shirley and Michael Gray Sr. last May. Deputies said she was about 11 years old at the time of her death.  Prosecutors called the girl’s murder “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel in that it involved serious torture or serious physical abuse beyond that necessary to cause death.” According to warrants, deputies said the girl died after being locked for months in the basement in 2017 as punishment for eating food from the kitchen. Roane County deputies began investigating the Grays after one of their adopted children was found walking alone on the roadside. Arrest warrant paperwork detailed authorities’ search of the house and their rescue of the Grays’ three surviving adopted children. Deputie

Oklahoma | Can a decade-old witness confession help save Julius Jones from execution?

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When Roderick Wesley switched on the TV from a state prison in Arkansas last year, he wasn’t expecting to see a face from his past. It was a hot evening in July when Wesley tuned in to an ABC special that focused on a 1999 murder that put a 19-year-old named Julius Jones on Oklahoma’s death row. Wesley knew nothing of an old murder case from the next state over, but he knew the man identified as Jones’s co-defendant: Christopher Jordan. The chance viewing helped Wesley connect the Jones case to a confession he said Jordan made in 2009 while they were housed together at the Arkansas prison, Brickeys: “My co-defendant is on death row behind a murder I committed.” As Oklahoma looks to resume executions after a 6-year hiatus, Jones’s attorneys said Wesley’s testimony is the latest compelling evidence supporting their case that Jones was framed and wrongfully sent to death row. The defense is hoping the testimony will bolster Jones’s plea for a commutation, which the state’s Pardon and Paro

India | 9 get death penalty, life term for four in 2016 Bihar hooch case

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A local court in Bihar’s Gopalganj district on Friday awarded death penalty to 9 people and life sentence to 4 women for their role in the 2016 hooch case in which 19 people were killed and 2 lost their vision.  The court also slapped a fine of ?10 lakh on each of the accused. The death penalty to 9 persons in the hooch tragedy in Gopalganj is the first such instance when capital punishment has been given to so many accused in any hooch tragedy. The 13 surviving accused in the August 2016 case were convicted by additional district judge Luv Kush Kumar.  The accused were held guilty under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Excise Act of 2016. “They are accused of manufacturing, smuggling and selling liquor,” said public prosecutor Deo Vansh Giri. 19 people died in the Khajurbani locality of the district on August 16, 2016 after consuming spurious liquor, four months after the Nitish Kumar government

USA | Arizona finds death penalty drug after hiatus in executions

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has finally obtained a lethal injection drug and is ready to resume executions after the difficulty of finding such drugs led to a nearly seven-year hiatus in carrying out the death penalty in the state, corrections officials said Friday. The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry confirmed that the state has obtained pentobarbital, but it declined to say how much of the drug it has gotten or reveal its source.  The agency cited a state law that keeps the identities of executioners and others who assist in carrying out the death penalty confidential. Finding a pharmacist to prepare lethal injections was one of the barriers the state faced since it put executions on hold after a botched execution in 2014. RELATED | Gasping For Air: Autopsies Reveal Troubling Effects Of Lethal Injection Twenty-one of Arizona’s 115 death-row inmates have exhausted all appeals of their sentences. Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office said the state soon expec

Iran | "Ballad Of A White Cow": Wrongful execution forms grim backdrop to Berlinale contender

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Guilt and atonement in Iran. After her husband’s execution, Mina learns that the death penalty was unjustly imposed. She is offered compensation but she wants to meet with the judges responsible for the death sentence... BERLIN (Reuters) - When her husband is executed for murder, Mina is left to fend for herself in a society that is reluctant to allow her even to find somewhere for her and her daughter to live. But when it turns out that her husband was wrongfully executed, events take on a whole extra layer of complexity in ‘Ballad of a White Cow’, a film by Iranian directors Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha that is in the running for a coveted Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Moghaddam herself plays Mina, whose struggles with grief are compounded first by the difficulty of dealing with her immediate loss in social status and then by the struggle to win compensation for her husband’s wrongful death. “Mina is fighting to survive in such a misogynistic society, where law is

Pakistan | Court awards death penalty to rapist of 5-year-old girl

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Rawalpindi   -   A court on Thursday awarded death penalty to a man for the rape of a five-year-old girl.  The Additional District and Sessions judge Jahangir Ali Gondal sentenced Munir Ahmed to death for the crime committed in January 2020 in Ratta Amral, the limits of Police Station Ratta Amral. The court also imposed fine of Rs500,000 besides ordering him to pay Rs500,000 as compensation to the victim family.  The accused had lured the girl away from her house on the pretext of giving her chocolates and had raped her, according to police.   The father of the girl got registered a rape case against the accused while police held him. “This court held Munir guilty of the charges of rape and sentenced him to death,” said a prosecution lawyer. Source: nation.com.pk , Staff, February 5, 2021 đźš© | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; contact the webmaster, contact us: deathpenaltynew

Iran | Inmates executed in Arak, Noshahr

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 5, 2021: IHR previously reported the execution of Ahmad Araji in Arak. New information reveals that another prisoner, Hamed Mostafaei, was also executed on drug-related charges in Arak Central Prison that day. Iran Human Rights had previously reported the execution of Ahmad Araji, who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) on murder charges on February 26, at Arak Central Prison. Newly obtained information revealed that at least one other prisoner, Hamed Mostafaei, was executed on drug-related charges at the prison that day. “Hamed Mostafaei was from the village of Choghasaeedeh on the outskirts of Harsin city in Kermanshah province and was arrested on charges of carrying 5 kilograms of heroin near Arak. He had been married for just a week when he was arrested.” At the time of writing, neither execution has been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran. There has been a dramatic drop in drug-related executions since a new article was added to