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2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Court denies stay for Alabama inmate, orders execution through IV in legs or feet

Images entered in court records show Doyle Lee Hamm's veins, and how the veins in his lower extremities are more accessible. (Court records)
Alabama is set to go forward with its planned Thursday execution of a death row inmate, but a judge's order today specified the Department of Corrections will not use the inmate's arms or hands to insert its execution drugs.

U.S. Chief District Judge Karon O Bowdre's order on Tuesday comes after a months-long legal battle over whether Doyle Lee Hamm's cancer has made his veins unable to handle the 3 drugs the state uses for lethal injections.

The federal court has ordered that Hamm is able to be executed, and his veins will not impede the process.

His lawyer Bernard Harcourt has argued that inserting the catheter required for the drugs in Hamm's one accessible hand vein would be cruel and unusual punishment.

The Alabama Attorney General's Office argued Hamm's cancer is in remission and there is no reason he shouldn't be executed after spending 30 years on death row.

"The Alabama Attorney General's Office argued Hamm's cancer is in remission and there is no reason he shouldn't be executed." [Take a deep breath and read this sentence again, this time aloud. No, you're not dreaming. This was said by an educated individual in the courtroom of one of the world's most advanced countries, in the 21st century. - DPN]

Bowdre's order states Thursday's execution can go forward, and she denied Hamm's emergency motion for a stay. She says the state of Alabama has agreed not to use any veins in Hamm's arms or hands. But, the DOC can use veins in Hamm's legs and feet, or any of his "lower extremities," she states.

"The court's independent medical expert reported that Mr. Hamm has accessible peripheral veins in his lower extremities, and that the peripheral veins in his upper extremities, while accessible, would be more difficult to access and would require a more advanced practitioner using ultrasound guidance," Bowdre wrote in her order. "Based on that report, [the state] agreed to stipulate that they would not attempt peripheral venous access in Mr. Hamm's upper extremities, and the court denied Mr. Hamm's request for a preliminary injunction."

Source: al.com,  Ivana Hrynkiw, February 20, 2018


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