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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. 

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. 

Iran Sentences Labor Activist To Death Amid Rights Groups' Outcry

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Labor activist Sharifeh Mohammadi has been sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in the northern city of Rasht, rights groups told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda on July 4, a move her supporters have labeled "medieval and criminal." The court said the woman been convicted on charges of "armed rebellion against the state" and included as evidence her membership in an independent labor organization.

Iran | 4 Men Including Afghan National Secretly Executed in Mashhad

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 4, 2024: Yasser Ghafourian, Mohammad Houshiar Alizadeh and two unidentified men, one an Afghan national, were secretly executed in Mashhad Central Prison. According to HRANA news agency, four men were executed in Mashhad (Vakil Abad) Central Prison on 30 June. 

What is pentobarbital? More questions than answers surround Indiana’s new execution drug.

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The drug has been used by the feds and in other states, but officials are hushed about its origins, cost and standards for administration. Little is known about how Indiana acquired pentobarbital, a drug that state officials plan to use to restart executions for the first time in more than a decade. After state officials announced last week that Indiana will resume executions for the first time in over a decade, secrecy largely shrouds the new drug, pentobarbital, acquired for the impending lethal injections.

USA | Alabama’s third execution of 2024 imminent

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Keith Gavin is scheduled to be executed in Alabama on July 18, 2024. He was convicted of a 1998 murder and sentenced to death in 1999. The jury vote was 10-2 for the death penalty. In 2020, a federal judge ruled that Gavin’s legal representation during sentencing was constitutionally inadequate. However, the Court of Appeals reversed this decision in 2022. International legal standards require effective legal assistance at all stages for those facing the death penalty. This standard was not met in Gavin’s case.

Malaysia | Man gets death penalty for murdering his adoptive parents

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Tan Kian Ngip also tried to hide his crime by trying to set the victims’ house ablaze, but was unsuccessful The High Court in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan has ordered a 45-year-old man to be sent to the gallows after he was found guilty of murdering his adoptive parents. Justice Rohani Ismail said the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt against the accused Tan Kian Ngip.

Texas | Stop the Oct. 17 execution of Robert Roberson, sentenced to death for a crime that never happened

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Robert would be first person in the U.S. executed based on the discredited shaken baby syndrome hypothesis unless the courts or Gov. Abbott intervenes Robert Roberson is an innocent father with autism who has spent over 20 years on death row in Texas for a crime that never occurred.

Singapore | Japanese man given 17-year jail term, 20 cane strokes for rape

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"Singapore is Disneyland with the death penalty" — William Gibson SINGAPORE - A Singapore court has sentenced a Japanese man to 17.5 years in prison and 20 strokes of the cane for raping and sexually assaulting a woman in 2019, a court document showed, marking the first case of a Japanese national receiving physical punishment in the city-state.

Albania asks China to avoid the death penalty for an Albanian citizen

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The Government of Albania has asked the judicial authorities in China on Tuesday to avoid the death penalty in the criminal case against an Albanian citizen accused of drug trafficking. It is learned that the Prosecutor's Office in the city of Guangzhou, in the province of Guangdong, has requested the death penalty for the 36-year-old Albanian. No other details have been provided for this case.

U.S. | Federal Execution-Drug Supplier Says It Will No Longer Produce Pentobarbital for Executions

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Connecticut-based company Absolute Standards, which was identified as the source of lethal injection drugs used in 13 federal executions in 2020 and 2021, has said it will no longer produce the drug used in executions—pentobarbital.