In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Bahrain: Bangladeshi national Jassim Abdulmanan executed on 8 July 2010

Jassim Abdulmanan, a Bangladeshi national sentenced to death in Bahrain in 2007 for murder, was executed on 8 July 2010.

Jassim Abdulmanan was sentenced to death by the High Criminal Court on 17 January 2007, after he had been found guilty of the premeditated murder on 23 October 2005 of Ridar Mian, another Bangladeshi man. Two other Bangladeshi nationals were sentenced to life imprisonment in the same case. The three men lodged an appeal and on 6 April 2009, the Supreme Appeal Court reduced the two life sentences to 15 years' imprisonment, but upheld the death sentence for Jassim Abdulmanan.

On 18 November 2009, Amnesty International launched an Urgent Action calling for Shaikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, not to ratify the death sentence of Jassim Abdulmanan.

The Gulf Daily News has today reported the execution on 8 July 2010 of Jassim Abdulmanan.

Source: Amnesty International, July 9, 2010

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