DEATH PENALTY
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Executions increased worldwide last year: report
July 19, 2014
Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to different....... [more]

Egypt court sentences top Muslim Brotherhood official to life in prison
July 6, 2014
An Egpytian high court sentenced Mohamed Badie, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, on Saturday to life in prison for inciting violence and protests near the al-Istiqamah Mosque in the Giza. Presiding Judge Hassan Farid referred to Badie's actions as incitment "to achieve terrorist goals." Badie....... [more]

UN rights experts 'outraged' over Egypt mass death sentences
June 30, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts for the expressed their anger Monday after an Egyptian court confirmed the death sentences of 183 people. According to the UN, all of the defendants were alleged supporters of ex-president Mohammed Morsi and his party the Muslim Brotherhood. The experts noted th....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns juvenile execution in Iran
June 27, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was sentence....... [more]

China top court overturns controversial death sentence of abused wife
June 25, 2014
China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) remanded the case of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first trial lacked sufficient evidence an....... [more]

Bangladesh court sentences 8 to death for 2001 bombing
June 24, 2014
A Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced eight people to death and six others to life in prison for their roles in a bombing that took place at a New Year's celebration concert 13 years ago. Leader of banned Islamic group Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), Mufti Abdul Hannan, and a younger brother of f....... [more]

Egyptian Court confirms mass death sentence for 183
June 21, 2014
Judge Said Youssef of the Minya Criminal Court of Egypt on Friday confirmed the death sentence of 183 Muslim Brotherhood members while simultaneously acquitting over 400 in the death of police officers over a year ago. Only 110 of the accused were present in a holding area outside of the court durin....... [more]

Death Penalty and Intellectual Disabilities
June 17, 2014
05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional. 03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled. 05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues. 05/02/2014: UN urged death p....... [more]

State Death Penalty IQ Cutoffs
June 17, 2014
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The remain....... [more]

Hall v. Florida
June 17, 2014
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The Atkins....... [more]

The Supreme Court, the Death Penalty and Intellectual Disabilities
June 17, 2014
Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth Amend....... [more]




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