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U.S. plans to carry out eighth federal execution this year in November

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Under Trump, a Republican running for re-election in November, the Justice Department has already executed twice as many men this year as all of Trump’s predecessors combined going back to 1963. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice plans to execute Orlando Hall, a convicted murderer, on Nov. 19, according to a notice filed with a federal judge overseeing challenges to the department’s lethal injection protocol.
The United States has already carried out seven executions this year after President Donald Trump’s administration revived the punishment in the summer, ending a 17-year hiatus.
Hall, 49, was a marijuana trafficker in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who in 1994, alongside accomplices, kidnapped, raped and murdered the 16-year-old sister of two Texas drug dealers he suspected had stolen money from him, according to court records.
He and three other men kidnapped Lisa Rene from the apartment she shared with her brothers in Arlington, Texas, in an act of revenge after they paid her brothe…

Sri Lanka | Supreme Court extends stay order on re-imposition of death penalty

The Supreme Court yesterday extended till October 28, 2020, the stay order issued earlier, on the re-imposition of death penalty on murder convicts.

A group of petitioners has complained that the re-imposition of the death penalty by the retired President Maithripala Sirisena, was inhuman and the violation of the right to life, enshrined in the constitution.

A person is convicted of murder on the evidence available at the trial Court. There can be even a trivial chance that the convict was not the person directly involved in the murder. In a predominantly Buddhist country the imposition of death penalty is unethical. It was stopped in the constitution of 1978, they have argued.

Among the respondents are Maithripala Sirisena and the Commissioner General of Prisons.

Yesterday, the petition was called before Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare and Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya.

Among the counsels appearing for petitioners are Romesh de Silva (President’s Counsel) K. Kanag Ishwaran PC, Sanjeewa Jayawardena PC, M. A. Sumanthiran PC, and Saliya Peiris, PC.

The case will be next called before a 5 judge bench on October 27, 2020.

Source: island.lk, Staff, October 15, 2020


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