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…

Turkish leader in death penalty vow after bomb kills mother and baby

President Erdogan attends the funeral of a mother and her infant son killed by a roadside bomb.
Turkey could move soon to reinstate the death penalty, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said while attending the funeral of a young mother and her infant son who were killed by a roadside bomb.

Turkish authorities have blamed Tuesday’s attack near the borders of Iran and Iraq on Kurdish rebels.

They said the mother and child were targeted with an improvised explosive device on a road near the town of Yuksekova.

The 24-year-old woman was driving back from visiting her husband, a sergeant in the Turkish army, with her 11-month-old son.

She died instantly, while the baby died in hospital.

Mr Erdogan, who flew to the central Turkish city of Sivas to attend the funeral, vowed to press ahead with the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) “until the last terrorist remains”.

Responding to mourners’ shouts calling for the death penalty, Mr Erdogan reiterated that he would not hesitate to approve capital punishment if Turkey’s parliament passed a law authorising it.

“The steps that we will take on the issue are close,” the president said.

Turkey has not executed anyone since 1984.

The country abolished the death penalty in 2004 as part of its bid to join the European Union.

The rebels of the PKK have waged a three-decade old insurgency in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish south-east region.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people.

The group is considered a terror organisation by Turkey and its Western allies.

Source: irishexaminer.com, August 1, 2018

Erdogan on death penalty: killers must pay price for committing atrocities

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that capital punishment could be restored in the country if a corresponding law is adopted by the Turkish parliament.

"You know that we are very sensitive on this issue. If the law passes parliament, then I will ratify it, because we know the position of the killers. We know that they must pay the price for committing atrocities," Erdogan told NTV broadcaster.

Last year, a debate in Turkey on the reintroduction of the death penalty for crimes of terrorism or high treason triggered a firm rebuke from European institutions. 

Discussions on the issue were prompted by an attempted military coup in 2016, which led to harsh security policies, including mass detentions of the alleged conspirators, Sputnik recalls.

Capital punishment was abolished in Turkey in 2002, but Ankara has already stated that it could be re-introduced despite protests from the European countries.

Source: vestnikkavkaza.net, August 2, 2018

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