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In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

India's New Anti-Hijacking Law, Prescribing Capital Punishment For Death Of 'Any Person', Comes Into Force

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In the new law, the definition has been expanded to include the death of "security personnel on board" or "ground support staff" as well.

NEW DELHI -- The country's new anti-hijacking law, which prescribes capital punishment in the event of death of "any person", has come into force following a government notification.

The 2016 Anti-Hijacking Act replaces a 1982-vintage law, according to which hijackers could be tried for death penalty only in the event of death of hostages, such as flight crew, passengers and security personnel.

In the new law, the definition has been expanded to include the death of "security personnel on board" or "ground support staff" as well.

In other cases of hijacking, guilty will be punished with imprisonment for life and fine, besides confiscation of movable and immovable property held by him or her.

The new law, which has come into effect after its notification on July 5, includes several acts within the definition of hijacking including making a threat, attempts or abetment to commit the offence.

Those who organize or direct others to commit such offence will also be considered to have committed the offence of hijacking.

The new law mandates the central government to confer powers of investigation, arrest and prosecution on any officer of the central government or National Investigation Agency (NIA).

A bill to repeal 1982's Anti-Hijacking Act in this regard was introduced in Rajya Sabha by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on December 17, 2014.

After a few days, it was referred to a parliamentary panel which gave its report in March 2015. 

The bill was passed on May 4, 2016 in the Upper House, and on May 9, 2016 in the Lok Sabha.

Source: HuffPost India, July 7, 2017

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