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'Express lane to death': Texas seeks approval to speed up death penalty appeals, execute more quickly

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Texas is seeking to speed up executions with a renewed request to opt-in to a federal law that would shorten the legal process and limit appeals options for death-sentenced prisoners.
Defense attorneys worry it would lead to the execution of innocent people and - if it's applied retroactively, as Texas is requesting - it could potentially end ongoing appeals for a number of death row prisoners and make them eligible for execution dates.
"Opt-in would speed up the death penalty treadmill exponentially," said Kathryn Kase, an longtime defense attorney and former executive director of Texas Defender Services.
But a state attorney general spokeswoman framed the request to the Justice Department as a necessary way to avoid "stressful delays" and cut down on the "excessive costs" of lengthy federal court proceedings.
Robbie Kaplan, co-founder of the #TimesUp movement, says sweeping changes to laws in recent years have dissuaded attorneys from taking on har…

Three hanged in Khorramabad, western Iran

NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime on Saturday hanged three men in a prison in Khorramabad, western Iran.

The three men were identified as Behrouz Amiri, Rahman Kazemzadeh and Ali Hassanvand.

They were hanged at dawn in Parsiloun Prison. All three had been accused of drugs-related charges. They had been transferred to solitary confinement on Friday.

The mullahs’ regime on Thursday hanged a group of eight prisoners collectively in the central prison in Qazvin, northern Iran.

Another eight prisoners were hanged en masse on Tuesday, December 22, in Qazvin Prison.

On Wednesday, December 23, the mullahs’ regime hanged five people in a prison in Kerman, eastern Iran. Also on Wednesday two people were hanged in the notorious Qezel-Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

Following the December 17 adoption of the 62nd United Nations General Assembly resolution censuring human rights abuses in Iran, the Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on the UN Security Council to hold officials of the Iranian regime accountable and prosecute them for crimes against humanity. She underlined that this is a necessary step towards respecting the international community's vote that condemned the systematic and flagrant violations of human rights in Iran.

Source: NCRI, December 26, 2015

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