Clinton Young Free Pending Retrial After 20 Years on Texas Death Row

Former Texas death-row prisoner Clinton Young has been released from custody nearly twenty years after being sentenced to death for a double murder he has consistently said he did not commit. Young walked out of the Midland County Detention Center January 21, 2022, after the foundation posted bond to secure his freedom while prosecutors from neighboring Dawson County decide whether to retry Young on the charges.  The foundation crowdfunded contributions to cover 15% of the $150,000 cash bail to gain Young’s release. RELATED |  Texas | Former death row inmate Clinton Young released on bond The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) granted Young a new trial in September 2021 following revelations that his prosecutor from the Midland County District Attorney’s office had also secretly served as a paid clerk to county judges who presided over Young’s trial and post-conviction appeals. In a video posted on the foundation’s Facebook page, Young removed his left sneaker and sock and stepped

Four get death penalty for Lahore blast in Pakistan

4 people were killed and 24 injured in blast near residence of Jamat-ud-Dawah leader Hafiz Saeed in Lahore last year

A Pakistani court on Wednesday convicted four people for their involvement in a bombing in the northeastern city of Lahore last year, handing them the death penalty on nine counts, a court record and local media reported.

The verdict was announced by a single-judge Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in a heavily defended jail in Lahore, where the trial was held for "security reasons."

A fifth suspect, the wife of one of the convicts, was sentenced to five years in jail for abetment in the crime, defense attorney Fida Hussain Rana told Anadolu Agency.

The convicts include Peter Paul, a Pakistani Christian who, according to the prosecution, was involved in the planning of the terrorist attack.

Four people were killed and another 24 injured in the blast near the residence of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the incarcerated leader of the banned Jamat-ud-Dawah (JuD) group, in Lahore's Jauhar Town neighborhood in June last year.

Pakistan accused the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), of planning and executing the blast. New Delhi, however, has denied the charge.

According to the prosecution, the culprits had links with the RAW, which they denied while pleading not guilty.

The defense attorney said he intends to challenge the verdict.

In 2020, an anti-terrorism court sentenced Hafiz Saeed to 11 years in jail in two terror-financing cases.

Source: News Service, Staff, January 13, 2022

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