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…

One prisoner was hanged in Varamin (west of Tehran) - 34 executions in five days

Iran Human Rights, January 6: One man was hanged in the prison of Varamin yesterday morning January 5, reported the Iranian state media.

According to the state run Mehr news agency, the man who was identified as Nazar Ali Moradi (53 years old) was convicted of keeping 215 grams of heroin and 10 kilograms of opium. The execution took place in the Khorin prison of Varamin, said the report.

According to the official and unofficial reports at least 34 prisoners have been executed during the first five days of the the year 2012.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 6, 2012

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