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On June 23, amidst all furor over its gun rights and abortion decisions, the Supreme Court handed down a little noticed death penalty decision, Nance v Ward . In that case, a five-Justice majority ruled that death row inmates could file suits using 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, a federal law that authorizes citizens to sue in federal court for the deprivation of rights, to bring suit alleging that an execution method violated the Eighth Amendment. Michael Nance, who was sentenced to death in 2002, will now be able to proceed with his suit contesting Georgia’s plan to execute him by lethal injection. Nance suffers from medical conditions that have compromised his veins. To use lethal injection, the only execution method now authorized by state law, prison authorities would have to “cut his neck” to establish an intravenous execution line. He also claims that his long-time use of a drug for back pain would diminish the effect of the sedative used in Georgia’s drug cocktail. Nance alleges that

Iraq executes 6 convicted with terrorism charges

December 1, 2011: Iraqi Ministry of Justice announced that 6 detainees, convicted with terrorism charges, were executed following the declaration of their final rule.

“The death penalty sentence of 6 convicted was executed this morning by virtue of article 4 of Anti-Terrorism Law,” the ministry reported in a statement which Alsumarianews received a copy of.

“Death penalty was executed after declaring the final rule of the sentence,” the ministry added.

Is considered a terrorist act every violence or threat of sectarian discord and civil war through citizens’ arming as well as their instigation and financing to arm each other, according to Article 4 of 2005’s Anti-Terrorism Law.

Iraqi presidency had approved, on October 20, the execution of 53 convicted including 5 foreigners, an Iraqi official declared.

Justice Minister Hassan Al Shammari reported, on September 5, that his ministry received 40 presidential decrees of death penalty. 5 out of the 40 decrees are ready to be executed, he announced explaining that the execution of the other sentences awaits their ratification.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani appointed his first deputy Khudair Al Khuzai, on June 13, as well as his second deputy Tarek Al Hashimi, on July 19, to sign death penalty sentences.

Source: Alsumaria.tv, December 1, 2011

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