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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.
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Ohio: Jury convicts suspect in 2015 brutal Youngstown beating death

Lance Hundley
A jury has delivered the fate of a man accused of beating a Youngstown woman to death, setting her home on fire, and attacking her mother.

Deliberations began Monday morning in the capital murder trial against 48-year-old Lance Hundley. About 3 hours later, a jury returned their verdict, finding Hundley guilty.

Hundley was charged in 2015 for the death of 41-year-old Erika Huff.

Hundley was charged with aggravated murder with a death penalty specification, attempted murder, felonious assault, and aggravated arson. A jury found him guilty on all charges.

Hundley could face the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Hundley allegedly attacked Huff at her home on Cleveland Street, beat her to death, and then set the home on fire to cover up the crime.

Officials also allege that Hundley encountered Huff's mother, Denise Johnson, outside the home and attacked her with a claw hammer.

Officers responding to calls for help removed an air conditioner from the back of the home and rescued Johnson.

After that rescue, they found Huff's body. Huff was confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk because she suffered from MS.

Police originally said Hundley was living in the home and was inside when police arrived. Hundley was arrested and was also taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for injuries.

Erika had a 6-year-old daughter who was not in the home at the time of the fire.

Hundley has attempted to represent himself several times, only to later go back and ask a judge to reinstate attorneys.

He is expected to be sentenced at a later date.

Source: WFMJ news, Cristen Manion, May 22, 2018


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