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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 executes Iraqi man for being gay

Image released by ISIS showing two of its militants throwing a man off a roof in southern Kirkuk for being gay.
Image released by ISIS showing two of its militants throwing a man off a roof
in southern Kirkuk for being gay. (ARA News)
The terrorist group ISIS is crowing that they allegedly executed another gay person. 

The young man was thrown off the roof of a tall building before his lifeless body was stoned by residents of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

“He was thrown off a roof in front of dozens of people,” a local activist told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Then ISIS militants called on the people to stone the victim although he was already dead. They started to barbarically stone his corpse.”

Video footage released by the group shows two masked men throwing the man to his death. 

The graphic video also shows people dutifully stoning the man’s body after he fell. 

“Civilians who live under ISIS suppression are forced to follow any order by the group, otherwise they could get killed,” Raafat al-Zarari said. “People sometimes have no choice but showing loyalty to ISIS. It’s a bitter reality in territories held by this terror group.”

The ISIS-linked Sharia Court had issued a decision to execute every gay man by throwing him from the top of a building, according to eyewitnesses.

Over the past three years, the extremist group has executed dozens of allegedly gay men in its areas of control in Syria and Iraq, but it should be noted that they also routinely accuse political rivals and activists of being gay as a pretext to shame and kill them.

Source: LGBTQ Nation, Bill Browning, August 16, 2016


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