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Anthony Ray Hinton Spent Almost 30 Years on Death Row. Now He Has a Message for White America.

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Anthony Ray Hinton was mowing the lawn at his mother's house in 1985 when Alabama police came to arrest him for 2 murders he did not commit. One took place when he was working the night shift at a Birmingham warehouse. Yet the state won a death sentence, based on 2 bullets it falsely claimed matched a gun found at his mother's home. In his powerful new memoir, "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," Hinton describes how racism and a system stacked against the poor were the driving forces behind his conviction. He also writes about the unique and unexpected bonds that can form on death row, and in particular about his relationship with Henry Hays, a former Klansman sentenced to death for a notorious lynching in 1981. Hays died in the electric chair in 1997 - 1 of 54 people executed in Alabama while Hinton was on death row.
After almost 30 years, Hinton was finally exonerated in 2015, thanks to the Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI. On April 27…

Iran: Two executed on murder charges

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Iran Human Rights (Apr 6, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison on murder charges in March.

According to a close source, on the morning of Sunday, March 4, a prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison. The prisoner, identified as Jalil Khademi, was sentenced to death on murder charges.

Jalil Khademi, who was from Marand city in East Azerbaijan Province, was arrested in 2014 and had been held in prison ever since. 

A close source told IHR, “Jalil murdered a man named Khosro Asghari over financial disputes. He had not been able to win the consent of the plaintiff.”

It should be noted that the execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Man charged with murdering 3-year-old boy executed


Iran Human Rights (April 10, 2018): A man who was charged with murdering a 3-year-old boy was hanged at Rasht Central Prison.

According to ISNA, on the morning of Tuesday, April 10, a man who was charged with murdering a 3-year-old boy, named Ahoura, was hanged at Rasht Central Prison.

The murderer was earlier identified by the media as Meysam, 27. He was charged with physical harassment of a 3-year-old boy which led to his death on October 14, 2017. The forensics announced that the cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage.

Branch 3 of the Criminal Court of Guilan sentenced Meysam to death on December 7, 2017 which was approved by the Supreme Court on January 23, 2018.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 12, 2018


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