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

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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…

Bangladesh: man executed in Sylhet

March 3, 2011: Robi Munda, 60, from Habiganj, was executed in Sylhet Central Jail in Bangladesh for killing Nandalal Jhara with an axe in February 2000.

Habiganj District and Sessions Judge AKM Ishtiaq Hossain sentenced Munda and his father Amar Singh Munda to death on September 24, 2003, the high court upholding the verdict. Munda's clemency petition was rejected on February 13, 2011.

Amar Singh died of old age complications, while in Sylhet jail, five years ago.

Source: Daily Star, March 4, 2011
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