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Amnesty: dramatic drop in global death penalty use
Amnesty International reported on Wednesday that global executions fell by nearly one-third last year to the lowest figure in at least a decade. In its 2018 global review of the death penalty, Amnesty assed known executions worldwide, except in Ch (More)
UN investigator urges Khashoggi murder trial be made public
UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on Thursday called for the investigation and prosecution for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to be made public nearly a month after she announced that there was evidence the murder was planned by Saudi Arabian offi (More)
Supreme Court hears oral arguments in jury selection bias case
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Flowers v. Mississippi, in which the state was alleged to have improperly dismissed African American jurors. The petitioner, Curtis Flowers, was convicted of a capital offense in 2010 and appe (More)
California governor grants reprieves to hundreds of death row inmates
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday putting a moratorium on executions in the state. In a statement, Newsom explained the decision: The death penalty has been an abject failure. It discriminates based on the color (More)
Arkansas Senate approves expanded lethal injection secrecy
The Arkansas Senate on Monday voted 25-9 in favor of measures to prevent the release of information that could identify manufacturers and suppliers of drugs used during state executions. The Senate justified its move to increase drug secrecy by ci (More)
Iran human rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison with 148 lashes: husband
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh's husband Reza Khandan posted on Facebook Monday that his wife has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes as results of two open cases. Sotoudeh has been charged with spreading information a (More)
Attorney's Conflict of Interest Sent His Client to Death Row
Nicholas Acklin is on death row in Alabama, our home state where we both have practiced law for almost 50 years. As past presidents of the Alabama State Bar, and together with former members of Alabama’s appellate courts, we have urged the U.S. Supre (More)
UN rights experts urge Iran to halt execution of childhood offender
A group of UN human rights experts on Thursday urged Iran to halt the execution of a man who committed a crime when he was 15 years old. Mohammad Kalhori, "was sentenced to death for killing his teacher when he was 15 years old." Recently, it has (More)
Supreme Court reverses death penalty sentence of Texas inmate for second time
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the death penalty sentence of Bobby James Moore for the second time, again finding that he lacks the mental capacity to be subjected to capital punishment. Moore was convicted of the murder of a grocery sto (More)
Sri Lanka announces plans for first executions in 43 years
Sri Lanka announced on Thursday that it is lifting a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and will start executing prisoners with drug trafficking convictions who are on death row. The Justice and Prison Reforms Ministry has issued a timeline (More)