FEATURED POST

America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

Image
With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and brushing aside concerns about its many flaws.
That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

Iran: Appeal Court and Only Five Minutes Defense Time

Abolqasem Salavati
"Hanging Judge" Abolqasem Salavati
NCRI - The trial of three Telegram activists was held on Wednesday August 2, 2017 in Tehran’s appeal court while they had only five minutes of defense.

These three activists were arrested on September 2016 and each one was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Mohammad Mohajer, Alireza Tavakoli and Mohammad Mehdi Zamanzadeh, all were born in 1994, were sentenced to a total of 36 years imprisonment by Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court presided by notorious judge Abolqasem Salavati.

The appeal court was held on August 2 after they objected the verdict of the revolutionary court. At the trial, which lasted about 5 minutes, Judge Babaii told three defendants and their attorneys that they would each write their defense and bill and send it to the court.

According to reports, the judge not only did not allow the lawyers of the defendants to speak, but during the court hearing told the three defendants: “You are apostate and anti-revolutionary, I wonder why you have not been executed until now!”

Mohammad Mohajer was born in 1994 and was arrested on September 10, 2016. He was transferred to Evin Prison on October 16, 2016, after about one month of interrogation.

Alireza Tavakoli, born in 1994, was arrested on August 2, 2016 and transferred to Ward 8 in Evin prison on January 26, 2016, following six months of interrogation.

Mohammad Mehdi Zamanzadeh, born in 1994, was arrested on September 3, 2016, and later transferred to Ward 8 in Evin prison on September 24, 2016.

Source: NCRI, August 4, 2017

⚑ | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; contact the webmaster, contact us: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com.


Opposed to Capital Punishment? Help us keep this blog up and running! DONATE!

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Texas: With a man's execution days away, his victims react with fury or forgiveness

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejects clemency for Chris Young

Texas executes Christopher Young

Ohio executes Robert Van Hook

The Aum Shinrikyo Executions: Why Now?

Execution date pushed back for Texas 7 escapee after paperwork error on death warrant

20 Minutes to Death: Record of the Last Execution in France

Indonesia: Gay couple publicly whipped after vigilante mob drags them out of beauty salon

Fentanyl And The Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia executes seven people in one day