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A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

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“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent months in South Carolina searching for an answer to those questions—speaking with Roof’s mother, father, friends, former teachers, and victims’ family members, all in an effort to unlock what went into creating one of the coldest killers of our time.
Sitting beside the church, drinking from a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, he thought he had to go in and shoot them.
They were a small prayer group—a rising-star preacher, an elderly minister, eight women, one young man, and a little girl. But to him, they were a problem. He believed that, as black Americans, they were raping “our women and are taking over our country.” So he took out his Glock handgun and calmly, while their eyes were closed in prayer, ope…

Houthi justice: Yemenis flock in thousands to Sanaa public executions

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Crowds have flocked to watch the execution of murderers and rapists - but there are fears such punishment will become commonplace
SANAA, Yemen - The people had gathered in their thousands by the time Muhammad al-Maghribi, a man in his 40s, was led from a prison van by armed police, hands tied behind his back, and moved to a clearing in Sanaa's Tahrir square.
There, as police held back a surging crowd, Maghribi was led to a carpet, held face down, and shot several times in the back with an automatic rifle. His public execution was the first in what the Houthi movement says is a new crackdown on hardened criminals.
The second came a few days later. Hussein al-Saket, 22, was shot in the back in the same square and in the same manner, but this time his lifeless body was hoisted into the air by a crane and left to hang for all to see.
And while the vast majority at the executions backed the punishment of Maghribi and Saket - both were accused of raping and murdering children - the meth…

Jury Trials, Death Penalty, Reservation: Landmark Cases That Defined India

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A list of Landmark Cases that changed the judicial landscape in India since Independence that everyone must know of.
India has always proved to be rather dramatic and somewhat profane in its legal approach and has framed laws on every aspect that a layman can possibly imagine. 
We have the bulkiest constitution in the world & one of the biggest legal frameworks. But the idea of Justice has been reinterpreted & has evolved over time from case to case, with not just the involvement of a handful of law making officials but through a collective learning and understanding of socio-legal norms in a very heterogeneous society.
Here are some cases which have left great marks on the society’s ideal form of justice system.
Champakam Dorairajan v. State of Madras, 1951
The first ever-amendment to the constitution was instituted by this case.
This case concerned the admission of backward classes to educational institutions and led B.R. Ambedkar, the then law minister, to pilot the first-eve…

In Oklahoma, Death Penalty Moratorium Will Continue Through End Of 2017

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The State of Oklahoma will not execute any inmates in 2017.
As KOKH reports, this year marks the third straight year that the death chamber has remained quiet in the state.
The death penalty was halted in Oklahoma in 2015 after the botched execution of inmate Clayton Lockett. 
Due to mistakes made in the administration of the drug IV during Lockett’s 2014 execution, it took Lockett 43 minutes to die.
As of this year, new procedures have not been adopted and there are still no pending changes to execution procedures in Oklahoma, according to a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. 
A 2016 grand jury reports issued a scathing indictment into the Department of Corrections’s protocols for executing criminals, finding the system to be riddled with failures and errors.
Source:HPPR, Johnatan Baker, August 23, 2017


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Parents seek death penalty for son's killer in Abu Dhabi

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The 11-year-old boy was found dead on the rooftop of the building where he stayed.
The parents of the child who was strangled to death on the rooftop of their building in Abu Dhabi have demanded the death sentence for the killer.
The 33-year-old Pakistani man is on trial at the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance, accused of killing the 11-year-old boy after raping him.
The Pakistani boy, Azan Majid, went missing on June 1 this year, after he went to a nearby mosque to pray. His body was found the next day on the rooftop of the very building he lived in, on Muroor Road where he was living with his father and stepmother.
During the latest hearing on Wednesday morning, the boy's Pakistani father and his Russian mother told court that they won't pardon the killer in return for anything but rather, they want the man to be executed.
"We are asking for a death penalty if he's found guilty of murder," the parents told the judge.
"We want him to be executed f…

Saudi authorities arrest teenager for Quran desecration, blasphemy, both punishable by death

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A 15-year-old Saudi boy was arrested in Riyadh after sharing on social media a video of himself "spitting" on the holy Quran, sparking outrage.
A Saudi teenager who filmed himself "spitting" on the holy Quran was arrested on Sunday after the video he recorded of himself went viral on social media, sparking outrage across the kingdom.
The 15-year-old was arrested in the Saudi capital Riyadh, where he was identified by authorities, according to a police statement reported by local media.
He is being held in a detention centre awaiting a trial, a police spokesman said.
"Authorities in Riyadh were able to identify and locate the teenager who offended the holy Quran," police spokesman Gen. Fawaz Al Meeman said in a statement.
"[The teenager] has been placed in a social services detention centre. Riyadh's prosecutor has been notified of the incident and will be taking action promptly."
Under Saudi Arabia's strict religious laws, blasphemy is c…

Iran: Young Prisoner Hanged in Public

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A prisoner in his mid twenties was hanged in public in Isfahan on murder and rape charges.
The Head of Justice Department on August 21, 2017, announced the public execution of a young man in Nasirabad, in Isfahan Province, central Iran, according to the state-run ROKNA news agency.
Iran Human Rights (AUG 22 2017): On the morning of Monday August 21, a young prisoner was hanged in public on murder and rape charges.
The execution was carried out in the city of Nasrabad on the morning of Monday August 21.
According a report by the state-run news agency, IMNA, the prisoner - which the report does not mention his name - was arrested on January 3, 2017 at the age of 25 for the charge of raping and murdering a 15-year-old teenage girl.
Source:Iran Human Rights, August 22, 2017


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Eleven jurors wanted execution. One held out. Inside Miami’s latest death-penalty case

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Kendrick Silver fatally shot a Coral Gables jogger and a Miami security guard in two senseless robberies. A jury agreed unanimously: Prosecutors proved his violent crimes far outweighed his troubled childhood and other reasons that might spare him execution.
But when it came to actually voting for the death penalty itself, one juror balked. Eleven others spent more than three hours trying to convince her that Silver deserved to die.
She would not budge. She wanted mercy.
So under Florida’s new death-penalty law, which requires that jurors be unanimous in recommending death as punishment for first-degree murder, the jury had no choice on Monday night but to agree to a life sentence for the 29-year-old Silver.
There is much to be drawn from Miami’s first death-penalty sentencing since the state’s new capital-punishment law was passed in March. For the state, the jury’s decision underscored what prosecutors in other states have long known: Securing a unanimous vote for the death penalty…

Missouri governor stays execution of Marcellus Williams after attorneys say DNA evidence exonerates him

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) on Tuesday stayed the scheduled execution of Marcellus Williams, just hours before the death-row inmate was set to be put to death for the 1998 killing of a former newspaper reporter.
Williams’s execution prompted scrutiny and a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court from his attorneys, who pointed to new DNA evidence in arguing that Missouri may have been on the verge of executing the wrong person.
Greitens said he would appoint a board to look into the new DNA evidence and other factors before issuing a report about whether or not Williams should be granted clemency.
Williams, 48, was convicted in 2001 of brutally killing Felicia “Lisha” Gayle, who had been a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Gayle was in her home when she was stabbed 43 times with a butcher knife, according to court records.
Williams was scheduled to be executed in 2015 for the high-profile killing, but the state Supreme Court stayed his lethal injection, allowing him …

Missouri prepares for 2nd execution of 2017; requests to halt it still pending

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Unless the last-minute requests for a reprieve are granted, a Missouri death-row inmate will be put to death Tuesday evening.
Marcellus Williams, 48, was convicted in the 1998 fatal stabbing of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle at her University City home. In 2003, the state Supreme Court upheld Williams' conviction, saying there was sufficient evidence to support the jury's conclusion.
His initial execution date was set for January 2015, but the state Supreme Court postponed it for DNA testing.
Those tests were submitted to the court again last week as part of a request for a stay of execution. One of Williams' attorney, Kent Gipson, said it showed the DNA on the murder weapon wasn't from Williams. But the court rejected the request; the U.S. Supreme Court hadn't weighed in as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.
At the same time, the Midwest Innocence Project, which seeks to overturn wrongful convictions, has asked Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to step in and …