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…

Iraq: ISIS release death list of executions

Reading out a death sentence: a daily occurrence in ISIS-controlled territories
Reading out a death sentence: a daily occurrence in ISIS-controlled territories
March 2, 2016: Islamic State militants have released a “death list” of 1,065 people they have murdered in one city in the past year.

The grim document has been put up in police stations and a hospital.

It contains the details of “criminals” who have been “punished” by jihadis in Mosul, Iraq.

Those put to death include teachers, moderate religious leaders and doctors who oppose the group’s brutal methods.

Most were executed in the desert and their bodies dumped in a mass grave.

And relatives themselves risk execution if they show emotion at seeing a loved one’s name on the list, as an outpouring of grief is viewed as a criticism of the regime’s actions.

Isis punishes locals for “crimes” including smoking and watching football.

Mosul resident Omar Jirjis said: “Dozens of people came to the centre to search for the names of relatives.

“Members of the group were heavily armed and they were watching reactions of the people closely.

"This meant that anyone who did see the name of a loved one on the list couldn’t even complain.

"They knew Isis members wouldn’t hesitate to kill anyone who curses the organisation’s name or objects to its verdicts.

“I saw a man putting his hand over the mouth of one of the women who came.” 

Source: dailystar.co.uk, March 2, 2016

- Report an error, an omission: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com - Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Vengeful Alabama to Kill 83-Year-Old Man

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

Alabama set to execute 83-year-old for pipe bomb murders

Texas: Why This Judge Dreads Execution Day

Iran: Juvenile Offender Mohammad Reza Haddadi at Imminent Risk of Execution

California death row inmate to be freed; no retrial planned

Jeff Sessions: It's OK with feds if Alabama executes judge's killer

Middle East tops death penalty list with 'gruesome tally' of executions

Iraq: French female Daesh member escapes death penalty, given life in jail

A 10-Minute Trial, a Death Sentence: Iraqi Justice for ISIS Suspects