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

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: Four executed on murder, rape charges

Public execution, Iran
Three prisoners were executed at Minab Prison (Hormozgan province) on the charge of rape.

According to a report by Azad News Agency (ANA), on the morning of Wednesday, August 8, three prisoners were executed at Minab Prison. 

The prisoners, whose identities have not been mentioned in the report, were sentenced to death on the charge of rape in 2016.

According to confirmed reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 36 people were executed in different Iranian cities in the month of July, 24 of whom were sentenced to death on murder charges.

Prisoner hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on murder charges

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, August 7, a prisoner was hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. 

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was arrested in July 2014.

The prisoner was identified as Amir Ali Kalivand, 46, from Lorestan. He was transferred to Bandar Abbas Prison from Hajiabad (a city in Hormozgan province) Prison.

A close source told IHR about his case, “Amir Ali Kalivand was also charged with five kilograms of methamphetamine but he was executed on the charge of murdering a minibus driver.”

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 8, 2018

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