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Iran Execution Trends Six Months After the New Anti-Narcotics Law

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IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MAY 28, 2018): On Monday, May 10, 2018, Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported the execution of Kiomars Nasouhi, a prisoner sentenced to death for drug offenses. This execution is the first drug-related execution registered by IHR since the latest amendment to the Anti-Narcotics Law was enforced on November 14, 2017.
According to reports by IHR, at least 77 people, among them three juvenile offenders have been executed between January 1. and May 20, 2018. Four were hanged in public spaces. Of the reported executions 62 were sentenced to death for murder, seven for Moharebeh (being an “enemy of God”), seven for rape, and 1 for drug offenses. For comparison, it is reported that during the same period in 2017, at least 203 people were executed, 112 were executed for drug offenses. The significant reduction in the number of executions in 2018 seems to be due to a temporary halt in drug-related executions as the number of executions for murder charges were nearly the same as …

Alabama death row inmate Borden found dead in cell

Jeffrey Borden
Alabama death row inmate Jeffrey Lynn Borden, 57, has died of an apparent suicide, according to the state Department of Corrections.

According to information released Sunday afternoon by the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), Borden was found "hanging by a bed sheet in his cell at approximately 2:30 a.m. during a security check." Borden was pronounced dead at 3 p.m.

The ADOC statement said Borden's remains had been turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

John Palombi, a federal defender who'd represented Borden, issued the following statement: "We are saddened to hear of Mr. Borden's apparent suicide. Mr. Borden suffered from severe mental illness and chronic physical pain, both of which were undertreated by the Department of Corrections despite their knowledge of these issues. We hope that the conditions that led to underfunding and understaffing of the Department, and thus contributed to Mr. Borden's death, will be remedied."

Borden had been on death row since 1995, when he was sentenced for the 1993 murders of Cheryl Borden and Roland Harris. The murders took place at a family gathering in Gardendale on Christmas Eve; according to a summary presented at trial, Borden had traveled from Huntsville to Gardendale to deliver his three children by Cheryl Borden, his legally separate wife. After Cheryl Borden arrived on the scene, Jeffrey Borden shot her in the back of her head outside the house in the presence of the children. Borden then shot Roland Harris, his wife's father, in the back as Harris tried to run into the house. The jury recommended death on a 10-2 vote.

In August 2017, the office of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall sought execution dates for Borden and two other inmates, Doyle Lee Hamm and Torrey Twane McNabb. 

McNabb was executed on Oct. 19; an attempt to execute Hamm if February was called off after difficulties preparing Hamm for lethal injection. Since then, the state has been ordered to release its execution protocol.

Borden had been scheduled to die Oct. 5. That was postponed after a stay was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Watkins. Watkins lifted that stay in November and in February rejected a request from Borden's attorneys to reinstate it.

According to ADOC information, as of Sunday Borden had spent 24 years, five months and 4 days in prison.

Source: AL.com, Lawrence Specker, June 3, 2018


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