Texas | A Dangerous Man. At 18, Billy Joe Wardlow took a man’s life. Nearly 30 years later, the state still wants his.

Like any place humans gather, death row has a culture. Billy Wardlow says it's different in many ways from general population. One is in how new inmates are treated. "In [general population], the guys around you would try to find some way to exploit you," Wardlow said. "Death row, with a few exceptions, will often extend a hand of friendship to the 'new boot' so they can get on their feet ... Most of us get together and let each other know what we can send to the new guy."
One of the cherished myths of those who support the death penalty is that it is reserved for the “worst of the worst,” those beyond redemption.
Wardlow typically sends writing materials, food, clothes, and hygiene products. Recently, after receiving some of these items, a new inmate asked Wardlow what he owed him. "I told him to remember how guys helped him when he saw someone else new," Wardlow said. "Pay it forward, as the saying goes."
Sending gifts is one thin…

Iran | Prison, exile and death sentences for Isfahan protesters finalized

The Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Shahinshahr and Meymeh announced it had issued prison, exile and death sentences for some of the protesters arrested during Iran protests in November 2019.

In a press briefing on June 27, 2020, Nassruddin Salehi also pointed out that the verdicts would be imminently executed and carried out. 

He did not say anything about the identities or the number of the victims.

On June 26, 2020, the head of the Justice Department of Isfahan Province also announced that eight protesters arrested during protests in 2018 and 2019, had been condemned as “corruptors on earth.”

During a sermon in the Friday prayer of Isfahan, Mohammadreza Habibi declared that the charge of “corruptor on Earth” has been proven in the cases of the eight convicts. 

He warned other protesters, that they would be dealt with decisively.

Corruption on Earth is one of the heaviest charges under Iran’s clerical regime’s Judiciary punishable by death sentence.

Earlier, the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the death sentences issued for three protesters arrested during the November 2019 uprising, Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi, and Mohammad Rajabi. The Revolutionary Court of Tehran had issued the prisoners death, prison and flogging sentences.

Source: iran-hrm.com, Staff, June 28, 2020

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