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In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Iran: Two Men Publicly Hanged In Mashhad; Prisoner hanged in Birjand

Two prisoners convicted of murder were publicly hanged today in Mashhad, capital of the northeastern Iranian province of Razavi Khorasan, the state-run ISNA news agency reported. 

Mashhad public execution Judge Hassan Heidari, Deputy Prosecutor General of the province, announced the news as cited by the state media. 

He said the State Security forces quickly arrested the killers and the Judiciary was quick in carrying out the proceedings.

The victims, who were not identified by name, were a 41-year-old fruit seller and a 27-year-old man.

Source: Iran HRM, author, July, 2018


Prisoner Hanged in Birjand


Iran Human Rights (Jul 19, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Birjand Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, July 17, a prisoner was executed at Birjand Central Prison.

Birjand is the capital of the Iranian province of South Khorasan. 

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was from ward 103 of Birjand Central Prison. 

He was identified as Baratali Shirdelan from North Khorasan.

A close source told IHR, “Baratali had been in prison for six years on the charge of murdering his wife.”

The execution on 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. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 21, 2018


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