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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…

Iran Supreme Court Confirms Death Sentence Of Juvenile Offender

Iran does execute juvenile offenders
Iran does execute juvenile offenders
The death sentence of Himan Ouraminejad who was charged with murder as a juvenile, has been confirmed in the Supreme Court and is waiting for the permission of head of judiciary to be executed.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Himan Ouraminejad is charged with the murder of another juvenile in a fight in Sanandaj.

Himan Ouraminejad is born in 1994 and by the time that he committed the crime in 2010, he was under 18.

According to article 91 of the Islamic Penal Code, when the individual is under 18 or do not understand the nature of the crime, or the growth of their brain could be questioned, the death retribution will not be applied.

According to an informed source, the forensic has just asked him few questions and the actual scientific tests were not carried out about Himan Ouraminejad.

The death sentence of this juvenile offenders will be executed after the permission of the head of judiciary and the refusal of consent by the victim's family.

Himan Ouraminejad is currently being kept in Sanandaj prison.

Source: Human Rights Activists News Agency, Feb. 20, 2016

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