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Missouri executes Brian Dorsey

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Brian Dorsey is a “rare case where those of us who sit in judgment of a man convicted of capital murder got it wrong,” according to a former judge who upheld his death sentence. Brian Dorsey's appointed trial lawyers were paid a flat fee of $12,000 to represent him. Against the advice of another lawyer, they advised Dorsey to plead guilty without a deal from prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table. 

India | Efforts on to raise money to save man facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia

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THE HINDU BUREAU — Businessman and social activist Bobby Chemmanur, who has pledged to raise deliverance money to save Kozhikode native Abdul Rahim from death, continued his efforts on Thursday with a fund raising Yatra across Kerala. The Yatra reached Kochi on Thursday from Thiruvananthapuram, proceeded to Thrissur and will go on to other districts before April 16 to save the Kozhikode native, who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia.

Ending death penalty in Taiwan

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The Constitutional Court announced that it is to hear a case on the constitutionality of the death penalty and has scheduled oral arguments on April 23, attracting widespread attention. However, instead of delving into the core debate of whether the death penalty contravenes the Constitution, legislators across party lines and the media have been preoccupied by arguing whether the grand justices should or should not make a ruling.

OJ Simpson, former football star acquitted of a double murder after 'Trial of the Century', dies at 76

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Simpson died after a battle with cancer, his family said. O.J. Simpson, the former football great who was accused of and ultimately acquitted of the brutal 1994 slayings of his ex-wife and her friend, has died, according to his family. He was 76. "On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace," a statement from his family said.

Vietnam tycoon sentenced to death in $12 billion fraud case

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A Vietnamese real estate mogul has been handed the death penalty for her role in the biggest fraud case in the country's history. Vietnamese real estate tycoon Truong My Lan was sentenced to death on Thursday as punishment for her role in a 304 trillion dong ($12.46 billion) financial fraud case, Vietnam's biggest on record.

Why witnesses could only see part of the process when Missouri executed Brian Dorsey

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Missouri executed four people in 2023. Amber McLaughlin, Michael Tisius, Johnny Johnson and Leonard Taylor, who maintained that he was innocent, all died by lethal injection. The state is one of five in the country that carried out executions last year. Once public spectacles, state-sponsored executions have become highly secretive affairs. Especially in Missouri. Witnesses on Tuesday night watched Brian Dorsey die from a lethal dose of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre, about an hour south of St. Louis.

Another Young Man Executed in Iran as Death Penalty Cases Rise

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Prison authorities of the Islamic Republic have executed another young man amid a significant rise in the use of the death penalty. The inmate convicted of murder was executed at Khorramabad Prison on April 5, according to the Norway-based Iran Human Rights Organization. The inmate, identified as 30-year-old Hassan-Ali Mirzania, was reportedly found guilty four years ago of fatally shooting two brothers with a hunting rifle.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson denies clemency for DR inmate Brian Dorsey

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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday denied clemency for Brian Dorsey one day before the inmate's scheduled execution for killing his cousin and her husband nearly two decades ago. The governor's decision is "devastating," said Megan Crane, Dorsey's attorney, in an email. The clemency petition included requests from 72 current and former corrections officers who vouched for Dorsey's rehabilitation while behind bars, as well as support from a former Missouri Supreme Court justice and others.

U.S. | John Oliver on lethal injections: ‘A protracted nightmare of suffering’

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The Last Week Tonight host looks into new ‘grim’ developments on the death penalty in the US, and identifies a secret supplier of lethal injections For the third time in Last Week Tonight’s 11 seasons, dating back to the second-ever episode, John Oliver looked at the death penalty in the US on Sunday evening. The host continued his long-running stance that it’s morally wrong, there is no humane way to do it and “any discussion of one is akin to coming up with the best way to fuck your mom, which is to say, there’s simply no right way to do that”.

Taiwan | KMT calls for child abuse death penalty amendment

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Article 286 of the Criminal Code should be amended to impose the death penalty or life imprisonment on those guilty of child abuse leading to death, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus has proposed. Under the current law, “a person who maltreats a minor under the age of 18, or impairs the mental or physical health or development thereof by other means” would be imprisoned for up to five years, while offenses that lead to the death of a minor could result in imprisonment for up to 10 years.

U.S. | John Wayne Gacy's lawyer 'wanted to look evil in the eye,' believes at least 20 more victims

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Karen Conti was a fledgling lawyer in the early 1990s when she was asked to defend John Wayne Gacy, but she wanted "to look evil in the eye," so she took the case. As a fierce opponent of the death penalty, Conti became the only female lawyer on his death row defense team, which led to hours of talks with the "Killer Clown."

China To Criminally Try Three Minors For Child Murder

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In 2021, China lowered its age of criminal responsibility from 14 to 12 for "special cases" such as inflicting death by "extremely cruel means". China will put three minors on trial for allegedly murdering another child, a provincial prosecutor said Monday, in a case that has shocked the nation and sparked public debate over the treatment of juvenile offenders.

Missouri | Condemned inmate could face ‘surgery without anesthesia’ if good vein is elusive, lawyers say

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri’s execution protocol allows for “surgery without anesthesia” if the typical process of finding a suitable vein to inject the lethal drug doesn’t work, lawyers for a death row inmate say in an appeal aimed at sparing his life. Brian Dorsey, 52, is scheduled for execution Tuesday for killing his cousin and her husband at their central Missouri home in 2006. His attorneys are seeking clemency from Gov. Mike Parson and have several appeals pending.

Kentucky death row inmates spend years waiting for executions that aren’t coming

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Across the country, few people have been on death row longer than Karu Gene White. White was 20 years old when he was convicted of taking part in the brutal murders of three elderly Breathitt County shopkeepers in February 1979. The following year, he was sentenced to death by execution. Today, nearly 44 years later, White is still languishing on death row at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Lyon County — awaiting an execution that may never come. And he’s not the only one.

California | Santa Clara DA orders county's 15 death row inmates resentenced to life without parole

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SAN JOSE – Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced on Friday that he has ordered the county's 15 inmates on California's death row to be resentenced to life without parole (LWOP). In a statement, Rosen said he is using a state law that allows district attorneys to resentence inmates if they determine the sentence "no longer serve justice."

Texas | Favorable evidence was withheld from Melissa Lucio during death penalty trial

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The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office and appellate attorneys for Death Row inmate Melissa Lucio agree that favorable evidence was “withheld” from the defense during her 2008 trial. She was convicted in July 2008 of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Mariah Alvarez, and was sentenced to death. 

Alabama murderer gives up appeals and asks to be executed so that victims’ families have ‘justice’

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A convicted killer on death row in Alabama told NBC News he no longer wants to delay justice for the families of the five people he murdered eight years ago and is ready to pay the ultimate price for his crimes. In his first-ever interview with a reporter, Derrick Dearman said he mailed nine letters earlier this week to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall, as well as the judges and others involved in the horrific case, informing them he is dropping his appeals and wants to be executed.

Oklahoma executes Michael Dewayne Smith

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A man convicted of killing 2 people in Oklahoma more than 2 decades ago was executed Thursday, marking the state's 1st execution of the year.  Michael Dewayne Smith received a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester and was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m., the Department of Corrections confirmed to CBS News. Michael Dewayne Smith was put to death by lethal injection after the double murderer waived his right to deliver any last words, telling officials: “Nah, I’m good.” The execution followed the state's controversial decision to restore capital punishment in 2021 after bungled executions called its protocols into question.

Japan | HC judge impeached over inappropriate social media posts

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TOKYO - A Japanese high court judge was impeached Wednesday for posting on social media in 2017 messages that were found offensive to the bereaved family of a high school girl murdered two years earlier, marking the first time a judge has been dismissed over the expression of views. The Judge Impeachment Court deemed the series of posts made by Kiichi Okaguchi of the Sendai High Court, who is currently suspended from duty, constituted "gross misconduct" beyond the scope of freedom of expression.

Iran | Elderly Political Prisoner Sentenced to Death for "Insulting Prophet"

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The Tehran Criminal Court has sentenced Shahriar Bayat, a 64-year-old political prisoner, to death on charges of allegedly "insulting the prophet of Islam." Bayat's family confirmed the March 24 verdict when he was on the final day of his furlough from Evin prison, according to the HRANA human rights news agency.

Oklahoma set to carry out state's first execution of 2024

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Oklahoma is set to carry out the state's first execution of 2024 and the 12th since capital punishment resumed in 2021. Death row inmate Michael DeWayne Smith faces execution by lethal injection Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester for two 2002 murders. The execution is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Iran prisons are ‘sites of mass killings’ as executions soar

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Iran’s prisons have been “transformed into sites of mass killings”, with the number of executions hitting an eight-year high in 2023, according to a new report by Amnesty International. Some 853 people were executed last year – including five boys under 18 – nearly double the number of total executions in 2021, showing that the death penalty is being “weaponised” to suppress dissent, concludes the human rights advocacy group.

13 inmates, guards and others sentenced for drug trafficking at Louisiana's maximum-security prison

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The drugs sold included cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. BATON ROUGE, La. — Thirteen people convicted in a large-scale drug trafficking network based at Louisiana's maximum-security prison have been sentenced to a range of time spanning four to 16 years, federal prosecutors said.

Malaysia | Apex court commutes 2 death sentences

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The Federal Court orders a former labourer to serve 33 years in prison and in a separate case, a former cook is given a 31-year jail sentence. PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court today commuted the death sentence of a father-of-five to 33 years in prison for murdering his ex-wife in a house in Segamat, Johor, 19 years ago.

Ugandan court rejects bid to nullify anti-gay law that provides for the death penalty

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Uganda’s constitutional court on Wednesday upheld an anti-gay law that allows the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.”  President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law in May last year. The law is supported by many in the East African country but widely condemned by rights activists and others abroad.