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USA | States Continue to Oppose DNA Testing in Death Penalty Appeals, Attorneys Ask Why Don’t They Want to Learn the Truth?

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The last 3 men scheduled for execution in Georgia said they did not commit the killing and that DNA testing that was not available at the time of trial could prove it. In 2 of the cases, victim family members supported the request for testing. Prosecutors opposed the requests, and the courts refused to allow the testing. 2 of the 3 men were executed, with doubts still swirling as to their guilt.
Shawn Nolan, a federal defender who represented Georgia prisoner Ray “Jeff” Cromartie, summed up the sentiments of the prisoners, families, and defense attorneys in these cases. “I’d like to know what the state is so scared of,” he said. “Why are they afraid of the truth? This is sad and so disturbing.”
“We have the capability of testing a wide range of forensic evidence that we couldn’t test in the past,” said Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham. “It is a powerful tool to get to the truth and to get important answers as to whether the criminal legal system has b…

India | Two Tripura youths sentenced to death for rape-murder of 14-year-old girl

Agartala, Feb 13 (IANS) -- A special district court in southern Tripura on Thursday pronounced death sentence for two youths accused of brutal gangrape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

Special Public Prosecutor Paltu Das said special district court in Udaipur (southern Tripura) judge A.K. Nath sentenced Kastarai Tripura (33) and Bhanjoy Tripura (35) to death by hanging.

The convicts residents of Amarpur under Gomati district.

Das told media that both the accused raped the girl when she was going to school on December 5, 2018 and killed her before burying her body in a nearby jungle.

Soon after the verdict, the two facing death row were taken to the Gomati district jail amid tight security.

After the gruesome crime, the elder brother of the victim had filed an FIR in the Natun Bazar police station before the police launched the probe under various sections of Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act.

In the course of the trial, the special district court recorded statements of 32 witnesses.

Source: IANS, Staff, February 13, 2020


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