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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…

Pakistan army chief confirms death sentences of 12 militants

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's army chief has confirmed the death sentences handed down to 12 militants convicted of multiple attacks that killed 34 people in recent years, mostly civilians but also members of the security forces.

Monday's statement says that along with the sentences for the "hardcore terrorists," Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa also approved imprisonment for six people for their involvement in acts of terrorism.

It says the convicted militants had killed 34 people — 26 civilians and eight members of the security forces. 

One suspect, Ehsan Ullah, was acquitted.

The trials were closed to the public but allow defendants to hire lawyers.

Pakistan resumed military trials for militants and lifted a moratorium on the death penalty after a 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar that killed more than 150, mostly students.

Source: The Associated Press, July 3, 2018


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