July 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
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 ...[read more]
July 13, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Iraqi security forces have extrajudicially executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. HRW estimates that the executions are revenge for killings committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni extremist group. Many of the individuals ...[read more]
July 2, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Chilean court ruled Monday that US military intelligence services provided information that led to the arrests, and eventual executions, of two Americans in 1973. According to the ruling, former US Navy Captain Ray Davis gave information to the Chilean officials that was used in the arrest of ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Analysts at Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Thursday that members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed more than 160 men in at least two locations between June 11 and 14. HRW concluded that ISIS committed mass executions after seizing control of the city of ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced two former generals to life imprisonment for leading Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule. The two retired generals, 96-year-old Kenan Evren, who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that the numerous executions that have occurred over the past week in Iraq "almost certainly amountto war crimes." Pillay cited reports of "cold-blooded" killings of hundreds of non-combatant men and civilians, including religious ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
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 ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
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 ...[read more]
June 13, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday expressed alarm over reports of rights abuses in Iraq as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) forces have seized control of several cities. Pillay is concerned by reports of extrajudicial killings and summary executions, as well as ...[read more]
June 9, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Spiropoulos of the Oklahoma City University School of Law discusses the tactical strategies of all parties involved in the Oklahoma Courts' death penalty decisions ... On April 28, Oklahoma's execution by lethal injection of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett went ...[read more]

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