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

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: Inmates Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jan 4 2018): On the morning of Thursday, two prisoners from Varamin were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. The official media had earlier reported the execution of a juvenile offender at the same prison.

According to a close source, on the morning of Thursday January 4, a prisoner named Abolfazl Ghorbani was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. He was sentenced to death on the charge of murder and had been in prison for four years.

Abolfazl Ghorbani was transferred to solitary confinement along with two other prisoners named Amir hossein Pourjafar and Mohammad Karimi from ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison on Monday January 1.

Official media had reported the execution of Amir hossein Pourjafar, who was only 16 at the time of the murder. This child offender was sentenced to death on the charge of raping and murdering an Afghan child.

Mohammad Karimi who was sentenced to death, delayed his execution by asking for time from the plaintiffs. This was the second time he was scheduled to be executed. He will be executed if he can’t pay 180.000$ to the plaintiffs.

“Amir hossein Pourjafar begged Setayesh’s father for mercy until the very last moment, but her father Said nothing and pulled the stool himself,” said a close source to Iran Human Right (IHR).

It should be noted that all of these prisoners were from Varamin Prison. The execution of Abolfazl Ghorbani has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 5, 2018

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