America's Secret Death Penalty Drugs

Governments have gone to great effort to keep the sources and methods of their death penalty regimes secret.
In November, the Omaha World-Herald sent a simple records request to the Nebraska state government. Along with several other news outlets, the paper wanted to know the source of the drugs to be used in an upcoming execution—the first in the state in more than 20 years.
In the past the Nebraska Department of Corrections would have provided this information, but now it refused. Officials there insisted that the supplier of the drugs the state intended to use, in the name of its citizens, to sedate, paralyze, and stop the beating heart of an inmate were exempt from Nebraska's public record law.
In December the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued to challenge the denial.
Nebraska is just the latest state to decide the executioner's black hood of anonymity also covers the pharmacies that mix the deadly compounds used to kill prisoners. As letha…

EU wants death penalty abolished in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean

The European Union wants to see the death penalty abolished in Barbados and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean. 
It is therefore putting its money behind the work of civil society organisations in the region that are working towards this goal, as well as supporting those seeking to protect the human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. 
Head of the EU delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Daniela Tramacere, said yesterday "the EU views capital punishment as inhumane, degrading and unnecessary" and had therefore made the universal abolition of the death penalty one of the two priorities in its external policy. 
Speaking during disbursement of EU Human Rights and Civil Society Grants to 6 civil society projects in the region, Tramacere said contrary to the belief held by some, there was no link between the EU's position on these human rights issues and a cut in EU aid. 
Rather, she said the EU was "pu…

New Online Resource: The Lethal Injection Information Center

There's an important new lethal-injection resource online: The Lethal Injection Resource Center's new website.
The Lethal Injection Information Center is a hub for manufacturers, distributors, and stakeholders interested in preventing the misuse of medicines in lethal injections.

The Lethal Injection Information Center is an initiative of the human rights organization Reprieve, which has been collaborating with pharmaceutical companies in their efforts to prevent what the industry describes as "the misuse of medicines in lethal injections."
Reprieve is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales, registered company number 5777831; and a registered charity in England and Wales, charity number 1114900. Our registered office is 10 Queen St Pl, London EC4R 1BE.
Source: DPN, February 2018

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Pakistani man sentenced for rape, murder of Zainab Ansari

Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) - A Pakistani man was sentenced to death Saturday for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl whose killing last month led to widespread protests.
Imran Ali, 24, was found guilty by a court in Lahore on four counts of murder, abduction, rape and sodomy of a minor.
Zainab Ansari's body was found dumped in garbage close to her home in the city of Kasur, in eastern Punjab province, authorities said.
The Prosecutor General of Punjab, Eihtesham Qadir Shah, announced the court's verdict at a televised news conference. The trial lasted four days, he said.
A series of attacks on girls in Kasur over the past two years have left parents angry and afraid to let their daughters leave the house.
Zainab was taken from near her home in Kasur on January 4 while her parents were in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage. Her uncle reported her missing the next day, police said.
Speaking to CNN last month, her family recalled a girl who loved mangoes and ice cream, and who wante…

Florida shooter willing to plead guilty to avoid death penalty, attorney says

(CNN) Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz is willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty and spare the community from reliving the massacre in a trial, his public defender said.
Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder for the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, who is representing the confessed gunman, said there's no question he killed the 14 students and three staff members.
"The only question is, does he live or does he die?" Finkelstein asked.
Prosecutors would need to agree not to ask for capital punishment and allow life without parole instead. They could not immediately be reached for comment.
Cruz's next court date is set for Monday morning.
Latest developments
• The school district has proposed tearing down the building where the shooting happened, Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said.
• The President and the first lady visited several injured patients a…

Washington State Takes Crucial Step Toward Abolishing the Death Penalty

The Washington state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban the death penalty, leading the state one step closer to ending the practice for good.
As the Seattle Times reports, the bill passed the Democratic-led Senate with bipartisan support. The measure would strike the death penalty from being considered as a sentencing option for aggravated murder. If the bill passes, the harshest sentence in the state would instead be life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The measure now heads to the Statehouse, which has a 2-person Democratic majority.
Thanks to Gov. Jay Inslee, there has been a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington since 2014.
Lawmakers cited the cost of maintaining the death penalty and incidences of wrongful convictions as reasons to abolish capital punishment. According to the Times, one Seattle University study from 2015 found that death-penalty cases in Washington "cost $1 million more than similar cases where capital punishment [was] not so…

Attorney general: Tennessee should set 8 executions before June 1, when drug availability becomes 'uncertain'

The Tennessee attorney general wants the state Supreme Court to schedule 8 death sentences before June 1, when the availability of lethal injection drugs would become "uncertain."
The proposed ramp up in Tennessee executions signals a potentially massive shift for a state that hasn't put someone to death since 2009.
"Years of delay between sentencing and execution undermines confidence in our criminal justice system," Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery wrote in a court document filed Thursday.
"Because there is no legal basis to deny or further delay the setting of new execution dates in these cases, the State of Tennessee requests that the court set the executions in these cases for dates before June 1, 2018."
In 2017, the general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Correction said the state did not have the drugs needed to carry out an execution but could get them if they were needed.
"The state, through the Department of Correctio…

Iran: Mass Execution of 10 Prisoners and Mock Execution of 3 Others

In a situation where the waves of nationwide uprising and the wave of social protests shake, the foundations of the mullahs' regime, and the Iranian people unanimously demand overthrown of this criminal and ominous system, Khamenei is trying to delay his doomed regime by intensifying killings and executions.
On Wednesday morning, February 14th, the regime's executioners hanged 10 prisoners collectively in a gruesome crime in Gohardasht Prison. 
The prisoners had been transferred to solitary confinement cells the day before awaiting their death sentence. 
One of the executed was an Afghan citizen.
The executioners laid 13 prisoners on the execution platform and put nooses around their neck. 
However, after observing the execution of 10 of their cell-mates, 3 of them were brought down and taken to their cells while they were not even able to talk after watching such a disturbing scene.
While expressing its deep disgust at this terrible crime and sympathizing with the executed f…

Man accused of killing wife with acid sentenced to death in UAE

He poured acid on her body in front of three of their children.
A husband, who was accused of killing his wife by throwing acid on her because the woman wanted to divorce him, has been sentenced to death.
The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance handed down the verdict to the Emirati man after the woman's family refused to pardon the killer in exchange for blood money and insisted that the man be given the death penalty.
According to court documents, the Emirati mother of 6 filed for divorce after discovering the man had married for the 2nd time.
The divorce was not finalised as he was in prison at that time for drug-related crime and for issuing bad cheques.
Upon his release in February 2016, the man went to the home of his 1st wife and confronted her, accusing her of adultery.
The man allegedly checked his wife's phone for proofs for her extramarital relation, but when he could not find anything, he poured acid on her body in front of three of their children.
The coupl…

Florida shooting: The issue is not mental health. The issue is the guns.

We don’t allow private citizens to own surface-to-air missiles capable of downing an airliner, so why do we let them own assault rifles designed not to shoot targets or game but to kill human beings in large numbers?
Don’t tell me the issue is mental health. Save the nonsense about “good guys” with weapons somehow being the answer. The truth is this: There would have been no tragic shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Fla. , if a troubled young man had not gotten his hands on a military-style assault rifle and as much ammunition as he wanted.
Many people knew that Nikolas Cruz was troubled, violent and liable to explode. Yet nothing kept him from acquiring the gun he allegedly used to kill 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in yet another senseless slaughter of the kind that still shocks but no longer surprises.
President Trump addressed the nation, saying we must “answer hate with love” and vowing to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” But …

Execution back on for Alabama death row inmate, convicted of killing Cullman motel clerk in 1987

The execution for Alabama death row inmate Doyle Lee Hamm is back on after an appeals court vacated a lower court's stay. Records show the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the state of Alabama's emergency motion to vacate Hamm's stay, which was issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Karon O Bowdre.
"We conclude the district court abused its discretion by staying Hamm's execution without making sufficient findings to establish a significant possibility of success on the merits," the court wrote in its order issued Tuesday afternoon.
The court wrote that the Supreme Court requires a "significant possibility of success on the merits" for a stay to be issued; however, the district court only stated Hamm showed a "substantial likelihood of success," which isn't sufficient.
The 11th Circuit Court also ordered the lower court to immediately appoint an independent medical examiner to evaluate Hamm-- whose lawyer says he suffers…