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USA | States Continue to Oppose DNA Testing in Death Penalty Appeals, Attorneys Ask Why Don’t They Want to Learn the Truth?

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The last 3 men scheduled for execution in Georgia said they did not commit the killing and that DNA testing that was not available at the time of trial could prove it. In 2 of the cases, victim family members supported the request for testing. Prosecutors opposed the requests, and the courts refused to allow the testing. 2 of the 3 men were executed, with doubts still swirling as to their guilt.
Shawn Nolan, a federal defender who represented Georgia prisoner Ray “Jeff” Cromartie, summed up the sentiments of the prisoners, families, and defense attorneys in these cases. “I’d like to know what the state is so scared of,” he said. “Why are they afraid of the truth? This is sad and so disturbing.”
“We have the capability of testing a wide range of forensic evidence that we couldn’t test in the past,” said Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham. “It is a powerful tool to get to the truth and to get important answers as to whether the criminal legal system has b…

Saudi Arabia: woman beheaded for shooting husband

April 20, 2009: Authorities have beheaded a Saudi woman convicted of shooting her husband and setting his body on fire.

Laila Bin Hamdan al-Shammari was executed in the northern city of Hayel.

The Interior Ministry said the woman killed her husband after a dispute. It did not explain the nature of the argument.

According to an Associated Press count, this execution was the 24th beheading this year in Saudi Arabia.

Source: Sapa-AP, 20/04/2009

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