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USA | It Is Time to End the Lethal Injection Mess

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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

Iranian man granted mercy by victim's family moments after execution begins

A man sentenced to death for murder in Mashad, northeastern Iran, was granted mercy at the very last moment just as he was being hung from the scaffold.

According to Iranian Mehr news agency, Vahid Zare had been charged with killing a young person doing his military service.

He was granted mercy by the victim's family when he started choking, seconds after the executioner pulled the gallows from beneath his feet.

Once the members of the victims' family confirmed that they were pardoning the culprit, the officials took Zahe down and sent him to the hospital.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News, May 8, 2013


Tolerance on the scaffold

Universal Tolerance- Iran - In the morning of 8th May of 2013, The scaffold did not take a life this time and the cord rested around the criminal’s neck for few second without taking his life. Unlike always, the gallows brought pity to the hearts of plaintiffs. Not much time has passed since the sun set on 7th of December 2012 when the gallows buried a body, and saved another life this time.

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Source: Universal Tolerance, May 9, 2013

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