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

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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

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…

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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