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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: Public execution in Kermanshah

Kermanshah, Iran, 8 MAY 2016
Iran Human Rights (MAY 8 2016): One prisoner was hanged publicly in the "Azadi" (Liberty) Square of Kermanshah, western Iran. 

The public execution was carried out in front of hundreds of people Sunday morning May 8.

According to the Iranian state-run news agencies Fars and YJC the prisoner who was identified as "Fardin R." was convicted of Moharebeh (waging war against God), through participation in an armed robbery. 

A few people were injured during the robbery but no one was killed, said the report.

The Azadi (Liberty) Square of Kermanshah has been the site of several public executions in the past.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 9, 2016

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