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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…

Three Prisoners Hanged in Southern Iranian Prison

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Three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Shiraz's Adel Abad Prison on the morning of Tuesday September 13.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 13 2016): Two prisoners sentenced to death for armed robbery and one prisoner sentenced to death for rape were reportedly executed at Shiraz's Adel Abad Prison (Fars province, southern Iran).

According to the press departments of the Prosecutor General and the Judiciary in Shiraz, the three executions were carried out on the morning of Tuesday September 13. 

The prisoners have been identified as: Sajjad A. and Goudarz A., both convicted of two counts of fatal armed robbery, and Khosrow H., convicted of rape and murder.

The executions of Sajjad A. and Goudarz A. were reportedly carried out despite the prisoners obtaining consent from the victims' families to stop their death sentences. 

According to reports, the Iranian authorities carried out their execution sentences for creating an atmosphere of fear in the Iranian public.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 13, 2016

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