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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…

3 Kenya men sentenced to death for stripping, abusing woman

My Dress My Choice
A Kenyan court on Wednesday sentenced three men to death for stripping naked and abusing a woman during a wave of attacks by mobs claiming that women were inappropriately dressed.

The three men were found guilty of robbery with violence, which carries a death sentence. 

Kenya's death penalty, by hanging, has not been carried out since 1987 and all such sentences are commuted to life imprisonment.

Most of the series of attacks in 2014 were captured on cell phone video. They prompted protests in Kenya called #MyDressMyChoice.

The victim told the court the three men were among seven on a public bus who tried to rape her but stopped when she said she was HIV-positive.

"They subjected her to humiliation and untold degrading, inhuman treatment," Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi said. 

The three men pleaded for leniency, asking the court to consider that they had spent three years in custody during the trial.

Attacks on women who are deemed inappropriately dressed are common in some East African countries. 

Rights groups have said the attacks illustrate an identity crisis: Men claim that women are inappropriately dressed according to African culture, yet some Kenyans on social media have pointed out that many African tribes traditionally wear few or no clothes.

Source: The Associated Press, July 19, 2017

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