FEATURED POST

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

Image
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…

ISIS extremists throw Syrian teenage boy off a roof for being gay

Militants of the Islamic State throw a young man off a roof in Nineveh for being gay. File photo
Militants of the Islamic State throw a young man
off a roof in Nineveh for being gay. (File photo)
The 15-year-old was reportedly found 'in the house of an ISIS leader,' though that leader was spared the brutal death sentence meted out to the teenager. 

Militants with the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have reportedly thrown a 15-year-old boy from the roof of a building in the northern Syrian city of Deir ez-Sor, reports ARA News.

Friday’s execution is the latest report of deadly violence targeting those believed to be (or accused of being) gay in the Middle Eastern regions controlled by the the terrorist group also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh.

As with other antigay executions, the young man’s murder was conducted in front of a large crowd, who watched as militants bound and blindfolded the 15-year-old, before throwing him off the roof to his death. 

In similar incidents over the past year, victims who have survived the fall have been stoned to death by militants and residents waiting on the ground. Other executions have contained beheadings of people thought to be LGBT or otherwise at odds with the group's radical interpretation of Islam. 

ARA News reports that the young boy was allegedly arrested “in the house of an ISIS leader” on Thursday. That leader, identified by the news site as Abu Zaid al-Jazrawi, was also sentenced to death by a Sharia court, but militants convinced leaders to strip al-Jazrawi of his position, and send him to fight on the front lines in Iraq. 

According to the militants’ interpretation of Islam — which many Muslim clerics have denounced as wholly un-Islamic — Sharia law requires those convicted of the “crime” of homosexuality to be thrown from the tallest building in the city where the victim was arrested. 

Although there is no verified total number of victims killed for being “gay” by Daesh militants, an August meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York City reported that militants have executed at least 30 people suspected of being LGBT in the past year

Source: advocate.com, Sunnivie Brydum, January 2, 2016
  • Find related content here
- Report an error, an omission: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com - Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Iran: Execution Of A Sports Coach In Hamadan

Warden Describes Life on Texas Death Row in Delacruz Testimony

20 Minutes to Death: Record of the Last Execution in France

Alabama executes Walter Moody

California has over 700 people on death row and executions could begin soon

Number of Beheadings in Saudi Arabia Rises by 70%

California death row inmate to be freed; no retrial planned

Texas death row inmate slated for execution Wednesday denied clemency

Oklahoma Officials Endorse Nitrogen Executions As 'Humane,' But Some Medical Experts Aren't Sure

Aging death row: Is executing old or infirm inmates cruel?