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As Trial in South Carolina Execution-Method Challenge Begins, Review of State’s Death Penalty Reveals System that is Biased, Arbitrary, and Error-Prone

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As the trial challenging South Carolina’s execution methods began on August 1, 2022, a review of the state’s death penalty by the Greenville News revealed a pattern of discrimination, geographic arbitrariness, and high error rates in the implementation of the punishment.  In a two-part examination, reporter Kathryn Casteel analyzed racial and county demographics on death row, reversal rates in capital cases, and the timing of death sentences to provide context for the state’s efforts to institute the electric chair and firing squad as its primary execution methods. RELATED |  Future of South Carolina death penalty now rests with judge Four of South Carolina’s 35 death-row prisoners are suing the state to block a law that would force them to choose between electrocution and firing squad as methods of execution. One of the men, Richard Moore, wrote in an April legal filing, “I believe this election is forcing me to choose between two unconstitutional methods of execution.” Executions ar

Iran | 72-year-old Man Executed After 14 Years on Death Row

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 28, 2022: Abdollah Rahimi has been confirmed to have been executed with Soheila Abedi, Payam Yazdani and Heyva Ahmadi in Sanandaj Central Prison on July 27.

According to newly confirmed information, a third man was executed in Sanandaj Central Prison on July 27. 

His identity has been established as Abdollah Rahimi who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

Abdollah Rahimi was 72 years old and had spent 14 years on death row according to Hengaw which first reported news of his execution.

At the time of writing, none of their executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to data gathered by Iran Human Rights, at least 183 people were executed on murder charges in 2021. 

Those charged with the umbrella term of “intentional murder” are sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) regardless of intent or circumstances due to a lack of grading in law. 

Once a defendant has been convicted, the victim’s family are required to choose between death as retribution, diya (blood money) or forgiveness.

At least 251 including 6 women and 67 Baluch minorities were executed in the first six months of 2022. This is double the number of executions in the same period in 2021 when 117 people were executed.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, July 28, 2022





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