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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…

Saudi Arabia: New anti-terror laws include death penalty

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The newly announced laws against terrorism and its funding include the death penalty.

The new laws state that individuals defaming and publicly insulting the King and the Crown Prince will be sentenced to 5 to 10 years of imprisonment.

Terrorists conducting terror attacks while carrying arms and explosives will face 10 to 30 years in prison.

Terrorists establishing a terrorist cell or leading one will face 10 to 25 years in prison.

Individuals receiving training from terrorist organizations on using arms, explosives, chemical substances, wired and wireless telecommunication devices and ways to smuggle them into the Kingdom will face 20 to 30 years in prison.

Individuals who entice and coax another person to join a terrorist organization will face 8 to 25 years in prison.

Individuals who set up a training camp or manage one or get training in such a camp will face 10 to 20 years in prison.

The punishment will be harsher for individuals with a military background. They may face 20 to 30 years of imprisonment.

Individuals who help terrorists with weapons in any way will face 10 to 30 years in prison.

Individuals who misuse their status in any way either academic or social status or media influence to promote terrorism will face a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Individuals who forge documents for terrorist operations and get training on martial arts for terrorist operations will face 10 to 30 years in prison.

Individuals who smuggle explosives, atomic substances or wired or wireless communication devices will face 15 to 20 years in prison.

Individuals conducting a terror attack that results in the death of 1 or more people will face the death penalty.

Individuals may face a fine of a minimum of SR3 million and a maximum of SR10 million for funding terrorist operations.

The specialized court has the authority to freeze the individual's financial accounts and transactions or to appoint a judicial guard to manage the individual's money and transactions.

The court also has the authority to publicize the individual's crime and penalty.

The new laws also include protecting witnesses and keeping their identities confidential.

Source: Saudi Gazette, November 6, 2017


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