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

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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…

Malaysia: 25-year-old property agent sent to the gallows for drug trafficking

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A woman could not hold back her tears at the High Court here today when her son Hari Singh Kanda was sentenced to the gallows for trafficking 32.3 grams of heroin and 18.1 grams of monoacetylmorphine last year.

The mother, who sat at the court's public gallery was calm when Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah read out his judgement after hearing submissions from both defendant and prosecution team today.

However, the woman in her 50s, burst into tear after Shariff meted out the sentence against the 25-year-old property agent after reading the 131-pages of judgement sheet.

Hari Singh, clad in a grey shirt, put up a calm demeanor and several people, believed to be his family members and friends, got up and hugged him after the proceeding.

He was charged under Section 39(B)(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty upon conviction.

Shariff said the defendant had failed to raise reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case.

"I am satisfied that the testimonies from 10 prosecution's witnesses were true.

"I do not believe that the accused was a victim or that he was framed by the police," he said.

Shariff said the accused had indeed held a red plastic bag which contained the contraband item (drugs).

"The police seized the red plastic bag from his right hand," he added.

The accused represented by lawyers Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent and Datuk Rajpal Singh when pleaded for lenience sentence said it was the 1st offence committed by their client.

The court then allowed a stay of execution pending an appeal at the Court of Appeal.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Nazneen Zulkifli prosecuted.

Source: New Straits Times, July 31, 2017

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