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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…

Turkey: Main opposition party will not stand behind death penalty

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) parliamentary group leader on Monday said the party stands opposed to the death penalty amid ongoing speculation that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be introducing the punishment to Turkey’s parliament in the upcoming months, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Leader of the Great Unity Party (BBP) Mustafa Destici on Monday suggested a proposal to reinstate the death penalty for offences such as murder, treason and sexual offences against children would be brought to parliament in October. 

Destici hinted a referendum could be held on the death penalty, which Turkey abolished in 2004.

The matter will be discussed in detail in Turkish parliament, CHP's Özgür Özel said, should a 200-signature bill be presented in parliament, adding the CHP is opposed to death penalty in terms of legal norms and universal developments on human rights.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan last week vowed to sign off on the death penalty if parliament passed.

Source: ahvalnews.com, author, August, 2018


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