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To beat the clock on the expiration of its lethal injection drug supply, this past April, Arkansas tried to execute 8 men over 1 days. The stories told in frantic legal filings and clemency petitions revealed a deeply disturbing picture. Ledell Lee may have had an intellectual disability that rendered him constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty, but he had a spate of bad lawyers who failed to timely present evidence of this claim -…

Nine 'Hardcore Terrorists' Given Death Penalty in Pakistan

VOA News -- Pakistan's military courts have handed down the death penalty to nine men the courts described as "hardcore terrorists."

The military said Friday the condemned men include an al-Qaida militant and a member of the Pakistani Taliban.

It was not immediately clear when or where the men would be executed.

Pakistan lifted a 2008 moratorium on the death penalty after a massacre at a Peshawar school killed 134 children in 2014.

Critics say the military court trials fail to meet fair trial standards.

Pakistan hanged 326 people in 2015.

Source: VOA News, January 1, 2016

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