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Trump reinstated federal executions after nearly 20 years, with two slated for this week. When will the U.S. drop the practice and join other Western nations? If there's one thing that has defined the final days of the Trump administration, it's the lack of regard for human life. We saw that play out Wednesday after President Donald Trump incited rioters to bust through the U.S. Capitol and hunt down members of Congress.  Inciting a violent assault on the Capitol also displayed a disregard for democracy and the rule of law. This was the tragic finale of four years of failed federal leadership, and far from the only instance where the president’s disdain for human life has been demonstrated. His abject failure to provide the leadership necessary to deal effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic is beyond dispute, with the consequence being that the daily death count from COVID-19 has now surpassed that of 9/11. In the face of these unfolding tragedies, and at a time when the Trump

Japan’s longest-serving death row inmate secures retrial

The highest court in Japan has endorsed a ruling granting the country’s longest-serving death row inmate a retrial.

Iwao Hakamada, 84, has been on death row for more than 50 years after he was convicted of robbing and murdering his boss as well as the man’s wife and two children.

He argues, however, that he confessed to the crime after being beaten by the police and that evidence was planted.

In 2014, however, a district court in the city of Shizuoka granted him a retrial. 

Prosecutors appealed, succeeding at Tokyo High Court.

The Supreme Court has since found in his favour and backed the retrial.

“The Supreme Court made a decision to uphold a retrial by overturning the decision by the Tokyo High Court to dismiss the request for retrial,” Mr Hakamada’s lawyer Yoshiyuki Todate wrote on his blog.

“The fact that a path for the resumption of a retrial was not cut off is very welcome. My hands are still shaking after hearing this. I’m really, really glad.”

Capital punishment enjoys widespread public support in Japan.

Source: irishlegal.com, Staff, January 6, 2021


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