Human Rights: The Inhumane Regime of Iran

The Iranian regime is a theocratic state based on the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule). The authoritarian rulers of Iran violently clamp down on popular demands, including calls for greater personal freedoms and equality.
Freedom of assembly is effectively non-existent in Iran. That is why various social sectors are severely restricted and suppressed when they assembled to voice collective and basic demands. In this context, the Iranian people have increasingly called for the overthrow of the theocracy, believing it does not align with their democratic aspirations and inclination to join the international community as peaceful and responsible actors. In December 2017, people in more than 130 cities in all of Iran's provinces rose up against the regime in large numbers and demanded democratic change and separation of religion and state. The protestors were violently suppressed, with hundreds killed and thousands more jailed and tortured.
The cleri…

Scott Nelson: No Death Penalty for Convicted Killer

Scott NelsonORLANDO, Fla. — After two days of deliberations, a 12-member jury couldn't unanimously agree on a death sentence for convicted killer Scott Nelson, who then got life in prison for killing a Winter Park personal assistant in 2017.

Judge Keith F. White read the jury's decision to the courtroom at the Orange County Courthouse in downtown Orlando late Thursday afternoon. Soon after White read the decision, he officially sentenced Nelson to life in prison.

The jury's decision to recommend death for Nelson had to be unanimous, which means at least one juror declined to recommend the sentence.

"We respect the decision of the jury, and we are relieved to know this person will no longer be a threat to our community," the State Attorney's Office said in a statement. 

The jurors spent Wednesday night sequestered in a hotel with no TV, wifi or private phone calls. About an hour into their deliberations Thursday morning, they had a request for the judge.

The jury wanted to revisit testimony by two psychologists who testified during the penalty phase of Nelson's trial: one for the state and one for Nelson’s defense.

Jurors specifically wanted to hear testimony that dealt with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, two mental disorders that Nelson's defense attorneys argued their client has struggled with. The attorneys argued that those disorders contributed to his killing of Jennifer Fulford in 2017.

The state’s psychologist testified that Nelson doesn't have mental disorders but a personality disorder that includes narcissism, and that he still has the ability to choose between right and wrong.

Jurors listened for about an hour as a court reporter read back the testimony, then went back into deliberations.

The jurors last month found Nelson guilty of killing Fulford. Taking the stand in his own defense, Nelson admitted to killing her but said his parole officer made him do it.

Prosecutors announced in court that Thursday would have been Fulford's birthday.

The judge told Nelson he has 30 days to appeal his case in writing.

Source: mynews13.com,  Jeff Allen, Rebecca Turco, Spectrum News Staff and Cheryn Stone, July 11, 2019

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