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America's Secret Death Penalty Drugs

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Governments have gone to great effort to keep the sources and methods of their death penalty regimes secret.
In November, the Omaha World-Herald sent a simple records request to the Nebraska state government. Along with several other news outlets, the paper wanted to know the source of the drugs to be used in an upcoming execution—the first in the state in more than 20 years.
In the past the Nebraska Department of Corrections would have provided this information, but now it refused. Officials there insisted that the supplier of the drugs the state intended to use, in the name of its citizens, to sedate, paralyze, and stop the beating heart of an inmate were exempt from Nebraska's public record law.
In December the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued to challenge the denial.
Nebraska is just the latest state to decide the executioner's black hood of anonymity also covers the pharmacies that mix the deadly compounds used to kill prisoners. As letha…

Morocco: King Mohammed VI Pardons 1,272 Convicts on Throne Day

King Mohammed VI
On the the Throne Day, to be celebrated on Saturday in Morocco, King Mohammed VI granted pardon to 1,272 persons who were convicted by different courts across the Kingdom, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement.

The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are 992:

-- 11 inmates benefited from the pardon over their remaining prison term.

-- 939 inmates had their prison terms reduced.

-- Sentences for 23 convicts were commuted from death penalty to life imprisonment.

-- 19 inmates had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.


The free beneficiaries of the pardon are 280:

-- 53 inmates benefited from pardon over their imprisonment term or remaining prison term.

-- 15 inmates had their prison sentences dropped and fines maintained.

-- 12 inmates benefited from pardon over their prison terms and fines

-- 200 inmates had their fines annulled.

Pardon is granted to a number of prisoners by the Sovereign on the occasion of religious and major national celebrations.

Source: moroccoworldnews.com, July 31, 2016

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