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Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

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"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
How does a death row inmate experience his final hours?
Speaking about the final ho…

California: Cop killer applauds jury for giving him death penalty

Luis Bracamontes
Jurors left a Sacramento courthouse in tears after they recommended giggling cop killer Luis Bracamontes be sentenced to death for the slaying of two California officers.

Bracamontes cheered when a jury in February convicted him for the 2014 murders of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. He was also found guilty of attempted murder, carjacking, weapons violations and other crimes.

Bracamontes, who is an undocumented Mexican immigrant, has repeatedly confessed his guilt and has even requested the death penalty amid his dozens of courtroom outbursts.

He spent the bulk of his trial with a grin on his face, at times breaking into fits of giggles as prosecutors described his violent tear on Oct. 24, 2014.

Investigators said Bracamontes and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, led police on six-hour car chase through Placer County and into Auburn, where the deadly spree came to a violent end.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White on Friday sentenced Monroy to nearly 50 years behind bars for the role she played in her husband’s day-long crime spree.

The cop killer maintained his giddy demeanor on Tuesday, when jurors handed him the death penalty after nearly four hours of deliberation. Bracamontes laughed when he learned his fate, locking eyes with Oliver’s mother — who grinned back, unfazed, CBS 13 reported.

Oliver’s sister, Phyllis Sylvia, dismissed Bracamontes and his offensive courtroom behavior.

“He’s a coward,” she said.

Bracamontes’ case was thrust into the spotlight by President Trump, who featured the convicted killer in an ad in January. It took aim at Democrats for being “complicit” in the murders of law enforcement officers by those in the country illegally.

Source: Sun Sentinel, Jessica Schladebeck, March 29, 2018


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