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Anthony Ray Hinton was mowing the lawn at his mother's house in 1985 when Alabama police came to arrest him for 2 murders he did not commit. One took place when he was working the night shift at a Birmingham warehouse. Yet the state won a death sentence, based on 2 bullets it falsely claimed matched a gun found at his mother's home. In his powerful new memoir, "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," Hinton describes how racism and a system stacked against the poor were the driving forces behind his conviction. He also writes about the unique and unexpected bonds that can form on death row, and in particular about his relationship with Henry Hays, a former Klansman sentenced to death for a notorious lynching in 1981. Hays died in the electric chair in 1997 - 1 of 54 people executed in Alabama while Hinton was on death row.
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Iran: 3 Prisoners Hanged in Qom

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They were sentenced to death about 21 years ago based on the Judge's opinion rather than actual documented evidence.

3 prisoners were reportedly hanged at Qom Central Prison on murder charges. The case files for these prisoners were reportedly opened about 21 years ago.

According to a report by the human rights news agency, HRANA, the Iranian authorities carried out the 3 executions on the morning of Tuesday August 15. 

The report identifies the prisoners as Mahmoud Arab Khorasani, Mehdi Kaseb, and Mohammad Taghi Dehparvar. 

The prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday August 13 in preparation for their executions.

"These three prisoners were sentenced to death about 21 years ago based on the Judge's opinion rather than actual documented evidence," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights. "21 years ago, 2 of the prisoners had their death sentences commuted to lashings and a 3-year prison term each. However, they were tried again and sentenced to death."

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced these 3 executions.


Prisoner with no previous criminal record to be executed at any moment on drug charges


A prisoner with drug charges and no previous criminal record is in imminent danger of execution. He may be hanged at any moment.

Iran Human Rights (AUG 19 2017): A prisoner at Isfahan Central Prison who is on death row for drug charges was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution. According to close sources, the transfer occurred on the morning of Saturday August 19. 

Close sources have identified the prisoner as Karim Shahbakhsh.

"Karim was sentenced to death despite never having had a criminal record. He was sentenced to death on the charge of 120 kilograms of heroin and 140 kilograms of opium. He was convicted along with another person who was executed two months ago," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights.

Mr. Shahbakhsh is reportedly scheduled to be executed in the coming days.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 19, 2017


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