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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…

Iran: Two Prisoners Hanged in Public

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Iran Human Rights (JULY 4 2017): Two prisoners were hanged in public on rape charges.

The hangings were carried out in the city of Torbat-e Heydarieh (Razavi Khorasan province) on the sidelines of a sports complex.

According to a report by the state-run news agency, Jam News, the public executions were carried out on Tuesday July 4 on Abshar Street. 

The report identifies the prisoners' ages as 26 and 30.

According to the local state-run news site, Taban Torbat, the executions were carried out by Judicial and security forces.

There are many cases in Iran of public executions carried out in sports stadiums. 

Human rights groups and sports federations have repeatedly objected to these executions. Photos from this execution have not been released to the public.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 5, 2017

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