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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…

Isis has executed 5 Sunni tribesmen and beheaded 6 of their own militants for spying

becoming increasingly paranoid as the borders of their self-proclaimed caliphate shrinks.
"Becoming paranoid as the borders of their self-proclaimed caliphate shrinks."
The extremists are becoming increasingly paranoid as the borders of their self-proclaimed caliphate shrinks.

The Islamic State (Isis) militant group has executed 6 of their own fighters and 5 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq for allegedly spying for their enemies. The jihadists are losing ground in their self-proclaimed caliphate which bridges Syria and Iraq and are becoming increasingly paranoid.

Reports have emerged from several news agencies in Iraq that Daesh (Isis) beheaded 6 of their own fighters in Mosul on Wednesday 6 July on charges of 'treason' after accusing them of leaking crucial security information to the US-led coalition operating in northern Iraq.

They were said to have been interrogated by senior IS commanders before being handed their sentences by the Mosul Sharia Court. The brutal killings come just 3 days after the US-led coalition renewed airstrikes on IS headquarters in Mosul killing dozens of militants, including top jihadi commanders. Then on 7 July in a new photo report purportedly released by IS militants in Azim, around 80 miles north of Baghdad, 5 Sunni tribesmen were executed. They were accused of assisting the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), which is an Iraqi state-sponsored organisation comprising some 40 militias including Shiite, Yazidi, Christian and some Sunni brigades.

The report has not been independently verified by the IBTimes UK but the ARA News network have quoted a media activist named Abdullah al-Malla who cited an IS official saying: "The ISIS leadership suspected that the al-Hisba members were leaking confidential information to the western coalition - whose airstrikes have recently killed top jihadi officials.

"After interrogation, the Mosul Sharia Court issued a decision to publicly execute the 6 suspects. The 6 jihadis were beheaded in front of dozens of IS officials in central Mosul," al-Malla added.

Amongst the IS leaders who have been reportedly killed in recent US-led coalition bombing was Muhammad Ahmed al-Bajjari, head of IS military operations in northwestern Iraq. He was said to have played a main role in planning attacks against Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army near Mosul.

Another air strike reportedly killed the head of the feared al-Hisba police known as Hatim Taleb al-Hamdouni.

Source: ibtimes.co.uk, July 8, 2016


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