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Tennessee execution: Billy Ray Irick tortured to death, expert says in new filing

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Editor's note: Reporter Dave Boucher was one of seven state-required media witnesses at Irick's execution. 
Billy Ray Irick felt searing pain akin to torture before he died in a Tennessee prison in August, but steps taken in carrying out his execution blocked signs of suffering, according to a doctor who reviewed information about the lethal injection.
In new court filings entered late Thursday amidst an ongoing legal challenge of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol, Dr. David Lubarsky said statements from people who witnessed the execution indicated the controversial drug midazolam failed to ensure Irick could not feel pain during his death.
As a result, the death row inmate “experienced the feeling of choking, drowning in his own fluids, suffocating, being buried alive, and the burning sensation caused by the injection of the potassium chloride,” Lubarsky wrote in the filing.
The document also says the state did not follow its own lethal injection protocol, raising questio…

More legal aid given to OFW on death sentence in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi court
Abu Dhabi court
Additional legal assistance has been assured to the Filipina household service worker (HSW), who was sentenced to death by execution in the UAE.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III met with Jennifer Dalquez last week during his 3-day UAE trip, reported Manila Bulletin.

"I instructed our Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) there, and Philippine recruitment agencies to provide Dalquez additional lawyers to see to it that her rights are well protected," Bello reportedly said.

Dalquez was sentenced to death by a UAE court after she killed her employer in 2014 for allegedly attempting to rape her, the report said.

Her appeal is pending at the UAE Court of First Instance which rescheduled the release of its decision on the case from Feb. 27 to March 27.

Bello was quoted as saying that Dalquez has a high chance of having her sentence lowered if she will be forgiven by the 2 children of her employer.

If they do, he reportedly said, there is a possibility that her death sentence will be commuted to a lower penalty of imprisonment. This could be life imprisonment or for 30 years.

Bello said he may return to UAE later this month to check on the status of Dalquez before the decision of the UAE court.

In a related development, Bello said he ordered the labor attache in UAE to fast-track the repatriation of the 48 run-away overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in UAE, said the news portal.

The recruitment agencies responsible for the deployment of the OFWs have already committed to pay for the repatriation, Manila Bulletin quoted him as saying.

Source: The Filipino Times, March 7, 2017

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