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Iran | Man Saves Mother’s Murderer Before Own Execution

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 29, 2023: Morad Biranvand was executed for drug-related charges in Khorramabad Central Prison. Prior to execution, he granted forgiveness to his mother’s murderer, saving his life from death row. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Khorramabad Central Prison on 29 November. His identity has been established as 40-year-old Morad (Allah) Biranvand who was on death row for drug-related charges.

Judge who refused late appeal for death-row inmate re-elected to Texas Criminal Appeals Court

Sharon Keller: "We close at 5."
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller has been re-elected.

Keller defeated defense attorney Keith Hampton, her Democratic challenger.

The Republican had earned the nickname "Killer Keller" by death penalty opponents after she refused an after-hours appeal by a death-row inmate in 2007.

Condemned killer Michael Richard was executed that night for the rape and slaying of a Houston-area nurse.

Keller faced removal from the bench in 2010 over that case. But the state Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a "public warning" that later was tossed on appeal.

Keller also was fined $100,000 for not disclosing more than $2 million in property and income on her personal financial statements.

She has appealed that fine, the largest in the Texas Ethics Commission's history.

Source: Associated Press, November 8, 2012

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