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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)
Virginia senate votes to ban death penalty for defendants with severe mental illness
Virginia's state senate passed a bill on Thursday by a vote of 23-17 that prohibits the state from sentencing defendants with severe mental illness to death. The bill defines "severe mental illness" as the "exhibition of active psychotic symptoms (More)
UK court rejects challenge from mother of Islamic State figher
The mother of a British Islamic State (IS) member suspected of murdering hostages in Syria lost her challenge on Friday that it was illegal for the UK to assist on a US investigation which could lead to her son facing the death penalty. Her son, E (More)
Supreme Court sends Ohio death penalty case back to appeals court
The Supreme Court issued an unsigned opinion Monday in Shoop v. Hill, an Ohio death penalty case, vacating a Sixth Circuit decision that Danny Hill should not be subject to the death penalty because of an intellectual disability. In 1985 Hill was (More)
Ireland’s Vote to Remove Blasphemy from its Constitution and the Case of Asia Bibi
In a referendum held on Friday, October 26, 2018, the people of Ireland voted to amend the Irish Constitution to remove the word blasphemy from Article 40.6.1, which declared that "he publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent ma (More)
The Obama Judge and the Foundations of the Rule of Law
Why was there so little support for Chief Justice Roberts in his exchange with President Trump? After the President attacked a recent decision by Federal District Judge Jon Tigar as having been rendered by an “Obama Judge,” Roberts responded to an in (More)
Egypt high court upholds conviction of chief prosecutor's killers
The Egyptian Court of Cassation, the country's highest appellate court, on Monday upheld the conviction of nine individuals for their involvement in the assassination of Hisham Barakat, the country's chief prosecutor. Barakat was killed in 2015 a (More)
India court delivers death sentence over 1984 pogrom
A district court in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Tuesday handed the death penalty to a man convicted of participating in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom. This is the first death sentence to be awarded in any case related to the 1984 violence, whi (More)
US Treasury announces sanctions against Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi killing
The US Department of the Treasury on Thursday announced a set of economic sanctions against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month. Khashoggi was a journalist who (More)
Amnesty: Iran execution of two financial criminals 'abhorrent'
Amnesty International on Tuesday condemned the execution of two financial criminals in Iran, calling it an "unfair TV show trial." "Use of the death penalty is appalling under any circumstances," said Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Researc (More)