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NPR Investigation Reveals Supplier of Texas Execution Drugs Has Multiple DEA Violations; provided TDCJ with pentobarbital for more than 20 executions

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A July 10, 2024, National Public Radio (NPR) investigation has revealed that Rite Away, a small chain of pharmacies located around San Antonio and Austin, Texas, compounded and provided pentobarbital for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) between 2019 and late 2023 to carry out lethal injection executions. 

U.S. Supreme Court grants Ruben Gutierrez stay of execution just before scheduled lethal injection

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for a Texas man 20 minutes before he was to receive a lethal injection Tuesday evening.  The inmate has long maintained DNA testing would help prove he wasn’t responsible for the fatal stabbing of an 85-year-old woman during a home robbery decades ago.

The 6 worst places in the world to get caught with cannabis

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While a green wave sweeps the Western world, there are still some countries that have harsh penalties for cannabis possession. From prison time to beheadings, these are some of the countries you don't want to get caught with weed. In recent years, the world has seen a general loosening of cannabis laws, concerning both medicinal and recreational use of the drug. Today, over 60 countries have legalised cannabis for medicinal purposes while, earlier this year, Germany finally introduced legislation to legalise recreational cannabis, becoming just the third country in the world to do so.

Saudi Arabia executes a person every two days so far in 2024

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Human rights NGO says the surge indicates the government's commitment to extensive use of the death penalty Saudi Arabia has executed 100 people since the beginning of 2024 through to 15 July, the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights (ESOHR) said on Monday.

Iraq | Officials reveal further details on secret executions, sparking concerns on accountability, justice, and human rights

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Afad, an independent observatory monitoring human rights abuses in Iraq, recently documented 63 cases of secret executions. Iraqi authorities continue to carry out secret executions in violation of the country's constitution, aiming to evade scrutiny from political factions and human rights organisations, according to Iraqi officials. 

Texas denies clemency application by Ruben Gutierrez, paving the way for his execution

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The 57-year-old is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday. He was convicted in 1999 of murdering a woman in her trailer The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied a clemency application filed by Ruben Gutierrez, paving the way for his execution for the murder of a woman over two decades ago.

Kuwait | Court upholds death sentence for Bedouin man who killed own father

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KUWAIT CITY, July 15: The Court of Appeal, led by Counselor Abdullah Al-Othman, has affirmed the death sentence for a young Bedouin man convicted of killing his father.  The incident occurred in the Al-Firdous area following a domestic dispute over breakfast.

Shooting was an assassination attempt against Trump, FBI says

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Former President Donald Trump was injured Saturday evening during his rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, in what the FBI says was an assassination attempt. The gunman and at least one audience member are dead, the Secret Service said, and two other attendees are critically injured. Trump said on social media that he was shot and hit by a bullet in the “upper part of my right ear.” The Secret Service said the former president is safe after he was rushed off the stage with blood on his face.

"Horrific death": Utah could be first state to use ketamine in execution

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On Aug. 8, Utah could become the first state in the country to use ketamine, a powerful anesthetic, in an execution by lethal injection. But Taberon Honie, the state’s first death row inmate to face an execution warrant in more than a decade, is suing officials with the Utah Department of Corrections, claiming the novel approach could lead to unnecessary pain and suffering, while triggering hallucinations, paranoia and “mental anguish.”

Alabama agrees to forgo autopsy of Muslim inmate scheduled to be executed

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has agreed to forgo an autopsy on a Muslim death row inmate, scheduled to be executed next week, who said the post-mortem procedure would violate his religious beliefs. Keith Edmund Gavin had filed a lawsuit against the state seeking to avoid the autopsy, which is typically performed after executions in Alabama.  The Alabama prison system in a Friday statement said it had agreed to forgo the autopsy.

Florida Supreme Court affirms two death sentences on direct appeal

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Yesterday, as part of what is likely the Court’s last regular release of opinions before summer break, the Florida Supreme Court issued decisions in two direct appeals. Cox v. State This is Allen Ward Cox’s direct appeal from his sentence of death imposed on resentencing granted as a result of Hurst .1 The opinion is authored by Justice Sasso.

U.S. | After 200 death row exonerations, will we finally put an end to the death penalty?

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Last week brought new evidence of crippling flaws in America’s death penalty system. The number of people exonerated and freed from death row over the last 50 years reached 200 .

Ruben Gutierrez Set to Be Executed; Texas denies his request for DNA testing

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It looks very likely that the state of Texas will execute Ruben Gutierrez on July 16 without ever having DNA tested fingernail scrapings, bloodstains, and hair that he says will prove he is not a murderer.

Iran | Executions in Zanjan, Gorgan, Shiraz

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 11, 2024: Ali Ezati, a farmer on death row for drug-related offences, was executed in Zanjan Central Prison. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Zanjan Central Prison on 6 July. His identity has been established as 45-year-old Ali Ezati who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.

Iraqi court sentences wife of slain Islamic State leader to death for crimes against Yazidi women

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Iraqi court issued a death sentence Wednesday against one of the wives of the late brutal Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alleging that she was complicit in crimes committed against Yazidi women.

Saudi Arabia | 20-Year Sentence for Tweets

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(Beirut) – A Saudi court has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison on charges related to his peaceful social media activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The conviction is the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s likely transnational repression due to his family member’s activities abroad and yet another escalation in the country’s ever-worsening crackdown on freedom of expression and other basic rights.

Alabama | Muslim inmate asks that state not autopsy his body after execution

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate will not ask the courts to block his execution next week but is requesting that the state not perform an autopsy on his body because of his Muslim faith, according to a lawsuit. Keith Edmund Gavin , 64, is scheduled to be executed July 18 by lethal injection. Gavin was convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a delivery driver who had stopped at an ATM to get money.

Malaysia | Federal Court rejects review bid, upholds death sentence of child rapist, killer

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PUTRAJAYA — The Federal Court here today upheld the death sentence of a former contract labourer Muidin Maidin who killed four-year-old Nurul Nadirah Abdullah, also known as Dirang, 12 years ago. A three-judge panel led by Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, in upholding the death sentence, dismissed Muidin’s review application to commute the death penalty to life imprisonment under the Revision of Sentence of Death and Imprisonment for Natural Life (Temporary Jurisdiction of the Federal Court) Act 2023.

USA | A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Execution

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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 capital punishment in 1994 and 1995 respectively. The federal death penalty was greatly expanded, and legislation was passed to shorten the appeals process.

Indonesia | Tourist found with drugs in Bali avoids death penalty

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Earlier charges of drug trafficking were dropped, it would’ve carried the death penalty A 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.

Catholics: Death Row Exoneration Shows U.S. Capital Punishment is ‘Broken’

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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 future.

The Execution Of Michael Smith: A Full Account From Oklahoma

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*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 (Amazon).

Death penalty for child rapists does more harm than good. Tennessee erred on new law

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If you expand the pool of potential capital defendants to in clude 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 public defender for youth and adults.

Pakistan | Bishop appeals for Christian facing death sentence for alleged blasphemy

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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 Bishops' Conference of Pakistan, described as "very, very painful" the judgement handed down in the case of Ehsan Shan.

Egypt | Nine sentenced to death by hanging for operations supporting terrorist Muslim Brotherhood

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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 personnel.