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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: 36 Executions in July

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Iran Human Rights (Aug 2, 2018): According to confirmed reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), the death sentences of at least 36 people were implemented in different Iranian cities in the month of July.

So far in 2018, at least 133 people have been executed, among them four juvenile offenders.

An assessment of the charges of the prisoners who were executed in July shows that 11 prisoners were sentenced to death on Moharebeh (waging war against God) charges, 24 on murder charges, and one on drug-related charges.

Among the prisoners who were executed last month, there was also a woman, says the report. 

Eight of the prisoners who were executed on Moharebeh charges were sentenced to death over the alleged 2017 ISIS attacks on Tehran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. 

Several reports indicated that some of the executed prisoners were not directly involved in the attacks and were sentenced to death on the charge of having information about the operation and, in some cases, providing the attackers with logistic support.

One of the executions of the last month was based on drug-related charges. It was the second drug-related execution that was reported by IHR after the enforcement of the new drug law on November 14, 2017. 

The new drug law includes a mechanism to decrease death penalty verdicts and reduce the sentence of those prisoners who are sentenced to death or life imprisonment. 

Only half of the executions (18) were announced by the official Iranian news sources. The other 18 cases were confirmed by IHR’s sources. 

The actual number of executions might be higher.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 3, 2018


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