U.S. plans to carry out eighth federal execution this year in November

Under Trump, a Republican running for re-election in November, the Justice Department has already executed twice as many men this year as all of Trump’s predecessors combined going back to 1963. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice plans to execute Orlando Hall, a convicted murderer, on Nov. 19, according to a notice filed with a federal judge overseeing challenges to the department’s lethal injection protocol.
The United States has already carried out seven executions this year after President Donald Trump’s administration revived the punishment in the summer, ending a 17-year hiatus.
Hall, 49, was a marijuana trafficker in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who in 1994, alongside accomplices, kidnapped, raped and murdered the 16-year-old sister of two Texas drug dealers he suspected had stolen money from him, according to court records.
He and three other men kidnapped Lisa Rene from the apartment she shared with her brothers in Arlington, Texas, in an act of revenge after they paid her brothe…

Bangladesh | One year on, Nusrat’s family still wait to see execution of verdict

Although one year has passed since a tribunal delivered its verdict in Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, her family’s wait to see the execution of the verdict is yet to end.
During a visit to the victim’s residence, the UNB correspondent found that police are providing security to her family members. 
The brutal killing of Nusrat is still haunting her parents and brother.
Nusrat’s brother, Mahmudul Hasan Noman, said, “We’ve got the verdict and we want its execution soon. This is unfortunate that no step has been taken yet to execute it!”
He also demanded immediate steps to execute the verdict after hearing the appeal petition of the four death-row convicts.
On October 29, 2019, the death reference of the tribunal reached the High Court, said plaintiff’s lawyer advocate M Shahjahan Saju.
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The Chief Justice has formed a bench for hearing the appeal and the hearing will be held on priority basis as soon a…

Florida | James Dailey: Death row inmate says he's facing execution for 1985 murder of girl based on lies of a 'con man'

Dailey maintains he never confessed to Paul Skalnik, described as a 'professional snitch' and dead now, about killing 14-year-old Shelly BoggioA Vietnam War veteran, who has spent more than three decades of his life on death row, insists he was convicted for the murder of a teenage girl based on the testimony of a "con man". 74-year-old James Dailey was given the death penalty for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Daily Mail reported. 
Three fellow inmates of Dailey testified at his trial that he had made incriminating statements. One of them, identified as Paul Skalnik, said Dailey confessed to him that "the young girl kept staring at him, screaming and would not die. And he stabbed her and he threw the knife away." Speaking to ABC News's '20/20' in an episode which aired Friday, Dailey recalled how he heard Skalnik's testimony with "disbelief." 
"Other than trying to tell my attorney t…

California | Prosecutors to again seek death penalty against Scott Peterson

Stanislaus County prosecutors said Friday they will again seek the death penalty for Scott Peterson, whose death sentence was recently overturned nearly 16 years after he was convicted of slaying his pregnant wife, Laci, and the couple’s unborn son.
The California Supreme Court tossed Peterson’s death sentence in August, saying the trial judge dismissed jurors who generally opposed capital punishment without asking whether they could put their views aside.
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The ruling, however, left the door open for the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office to bring the case before new jurors, and ask them to reinstate Peterson’s death sentence or give him life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“The District Attorney’s office through Assistant District Attorney Dave Harris announced at this time it is their intention to retry the penalty phase of the case,” spokesman John Goold wrote on the office’s Facebook page …

India | Man awarded death penalty for rape-murder of one year old girl in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: A court here awarded death penalty to a man in connection with the rape and murder of a one-and-a-half-year-old girl in 2014.
Special judge (POCSO) Vijay Pal awarded the death sentence to Jitendra Singh on Friday, government counsel Vedpal Singh said.
On May 3, 2014, an FIR was lodged at the Salon Police Station on a complaint by the child’s father, who alleged that his relative raped and later strangled his daughter to death.
Jitendra Singh had buried the body in a tube well outside the village to destroy evidence, the counsel said.
The court also imposed an overall fine of Rs 2.20 lakh and ordered half of it to be given to the father of the minor, Vedpal Singh added., Staff, October 24, 2020

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Egypt | 49 Executions In 10 Days

(Beirut) –Egyptian authorities executed 15 men convicted for alleged involvement in three cases of political violence as well as 2 women and 32 men convicted in criminal cases between October 3 and 13, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately halt executions, and re-try those sentenced to death in grossly unfair trials.
Thirteen of the 15 men charged with political violence had been held in Cairo’s Scorpion Prison. Their executions follow a suspicious incident inside Scorpion’s death row ward on September 23 in which Interior Ministry forces killed four prisoners after those prisoners killed four security personnel. Authorities alleged the prisoners were trying to escape.
“Egypt’s mass executions of scores of people in a matter of days is outrageous,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The systematic absence of fair trials in Egypt, especially in political cases, makes every death sentence a violation of th…

Trump’s Obsession With the Death Penalty Will Culminate Just After the Election

With less than two weeks remaining before the election, and President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls, Trump is traveling to battleground states and holding rallies with his often unmasked and often not socially-distanced base. His closing argument appears to be more of the same: He’s been the very best president America has ever seen, especially in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile the death toll climbs to numbers once thought unimaginable.
Trump’s presidency will be remembered for so many things—the rampant corruption, the dismantling of our public institutions—but nothing more deadly than his disastrous response to the pandemic. Whether or not he is defeated, however, the post-election period will be especially lethal—and not just because of the anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases. 
The Trump administration announced in 2019 that the federal government was resuming its executions. This summer, while the pandemic was still raging an…

Texas | Death penalty to be pursued in HPD sergeant's murder

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Federal charges have been filed against Elmer Manzano, the man accused in the shooting death of Houston police Sgt. Harold Preston.
The announcement of the charges came from U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick, who wrote on Twitter, "My office has charged Elmer Manzano with being an alien in possession of a firearm and as a felon in possession of a firearm."
Patrick said more charges would be added as the investigation continues.
"Yesterday I instructed my prosecutors to file appropriate federal charges," Patrick wrote on social media. "I have little faith that local charges could be sufficient to hold him. Multiple times this summer filed on capital murder defendants who were released with few conditions and were still a threat to safety or those with new law violations who were left on bond."
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg also said her office will pursue the death penalty against Manzano.
Manzano has been charged with capital murder…

Alabama woman sentenced to death for poisoning, torturing her step kids appeals case

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — A flurry of filings in the capital murder resentencing of Heather Keaton have occurred in the last week.
On Friday, attorneys for Keaton filed no less than four motions to bar the death penalty when she is resentenced for the 2011 murders of her step children, 4-year-old Natalie and 2-year-old Chase DeBlase.
The motions argue multiple theories on why Keaton should not be sentenced to death.
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First, defenses argue that the state used inconsistent theories of the murders to secure her conviction. They argue that at John DeBlases’ trial, the children’s father, the State alleged that DeBlase strangled his two children. 
DeBlase was convicted and sentenced to death.
At Keaton’s trial, the defense argues that the State gained the conviction against Keaton by arguing she poisoned the children.
“These incompatible theories went to the core of the State’s case for conviction and death, and thus vio…

Iran | Prisoner Executed in Sanandaj Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); October 21, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for “premeditated murder during the course of an armed robbery” has been executed in Sanandaj Central Prison.
According to the Iran Human Rights, this morning, Wednesday, October 21, a male prisoner was executed in Sanandaj Central Prison. 
The prisoner, whose identity was established as 28-year-old Shahram Takhsha, was on death row on the charge of “premeditated murder during the course of an armed robbery.”
Previously, an informed source had told IHR: “Shahram Takhsha was arrested two years and eleven months ago on charges of murder during an armed robbery with his brother Shahriyar. Shahram was arrested after being shot in the leg and sentenced to death as the primary defendant and his brother sentenced to 40 years in prison as his accomplice.”
IHR had reported that Shahram had been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution on Sunday.
HRANA News Agency, which first p…

Japan Justice Ministry to notify victims of death row executions

The Justice Ministry on Wednesday introduced a system in which the executions of death row inmates are reported to victims of criminal cases via document or phone if they wish.
To make such notifications possible, the existing mechanism to inform people of the results of criminal trials, the scheduled dates of inmates’ releases from prison, the dates when they were released and other information was expanded.
Victims and their relatives, as well as people effectively regarded as relatives, such as those who were engaged or in common-law marriage with the victims, and attorneys will be informed of the executions and the dates and places where the capital punishment was carried out.
They will also be informed if inmates die due to reasons other than execution, such as illness.
A notification via phone will be made before the justice minister announces the execution at a news conference. 
Such notification will be mailed on the day of the execution.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office will give the…