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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: 7 Prisoners Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

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7 prisoners, mainly charged with murder, were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday October 25, 7 prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj. 

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had previously reported about preparation of at least 10 prisoners of Rajai Shahr Prison for execution. 

The prisoners, mainly charged with murder, were transferred to solitary confinement in a group of 14 on Monday October 23.

The rest of the prisoners who were transferred to solitary confinement were returned to their cells by either wining the consent of the plaintiff or asking for time.

The executed prisoners have not been identified so far.

According to IHR annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 2, 2017


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