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Legal News
3 Feb 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday overturned a death sentence for an "apostate" poet who renounced the Muslim faith, giving him eight years in prison instead. The court quashed the previous court's ruling [JURIST report] that poet Ashraf Fayadh was to be sentenced to death for, what human … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a Georgia death row inmate's legal challenge. The federal appeals court rejected inmate Brandon Astor Jones' challenge to Georgia law that shields the identity of the producer of the drug used in the execution … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] stated Wednesday that he plans to ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution [press release] if the state prohibits lethal injections. States access to execution drugs has been hindered as a result of companies … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released [press release] a report [document, PDF] Tuesday on the many juvenile offenders on death row in Iran. The report states that 73 executions of juvenile offenders took place between 2005 and 2015 and that 160 juvenile offenders are currently on death row. Iran ratified … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Alabama death row inmate Christopher Brooks was executed Thursday night after the US Supreme Court denied [order, PDF] his appeal [JURIST report] for a stay of execution on the grounds that the sentencing was unconstitutional. Brooks argued that Alabama's death-penalty system is identical to Florida's, which the Supreme Court ruled … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Christopher Brooks, an Alabama man scheduled for execution by lethal injection appealed [text, PDF] to the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday for a stay of execution on the grounds that the sentencing procedure is unconstitutional. Brooks was sentenced to death [AL report] for the burglary, rape and murder … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton [profile] is requesting that state judges temporarily delay death penalty case trials after the US Supreme Court [official website] ruling [opinion, PDF] that Florida's capital sentencing scheme violates the Sixth Amendment. The request, he stated, is being made as a precaution [AP report] until lawmakers … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Iran agreed Saturday to release four US citizens in exchange for seven Iranians being held in the US for violating sanctions against Iran. Among the US citizens being released is Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian [advocacy website] who has been held since July 2014 and was convicted [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Florida's Supreme Court [official website] on Friday denied a request [motion, pdf] from a death row inmate to delay his execution in light of the recent US Supreme Court [official website] ruling that Florida's capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional [JURIST report] under the Sixth Amendment. Cary Michael Lambrix was … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A well-known female human rights activist was detained Tuesday by government authorities in Saudi Arabia. Samar Badawi was detained [AI report] and interviewed by Saudi prosecutors, allegedly for her involvement in managing a Twitter account that campaigned for the release of her former husband, a Saudi lawyer who is … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Hurst v. Florida [docket] that Florida's capital sentencing scheme violates the Sixth Amendment. The Florida law [text] states that in a sentencing hearing, the jury hears the evidence and votes on an "advisory sentence," but in a … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

A sharia high court in Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced cleric Abdulaziz Dauda and nine others to death by hanging for committing blasphemy against the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. The prosecution [BBC report] claimed that Duada, a preacher also known as Abdul Inyass, stated that the Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, the founder of … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The high court of Bangladesh on Monday upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed in the country's war for independence against Pakistan in 1971. Nizami's conviction was upheld [BBC report] on charges of genocide, murder, torture, and rape. A war crimes tribunal, established in … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Saudi Arabian officials said Saturday that the government has executed 47 prisoners convicted of terrorism charges, including al Qaeda detainees and a prominent Shiite cleric who rallied protesters against the government. The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, which has already sparked protests, may deepen discontent among Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

An Islamic State (IS) fatwa [text, US government translation] was released on Tuesday that provides rules for when "owners" of women enslaved by IS may have sex with those captured women. The ruling was issued by IS theologians and includes provisions which forbid having intercourse with a female captive when … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A man convicted of murder was publicly beheaded on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia after he was unable to meet the monetary demand of the victim's family which would have prevented his death. Joselito Lidasan Zapanta, from the Philippines, was convicted [AP report] of robbery and murder in 2010 by a … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China passed a new anti-terrorism law [official text, in Mandarin] on Sunday which requires technology companies to provide information to the government obtained from their products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The law also restricts media organizations from reporting on terrorist activity. Critics of the law, including … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

China is expected to pass new anti-terrorism laws on Sunday which would require technology companies to provide information to the government from technology products and make information systems "secure and controllable." The proposed laws have been criticized by western organizations and the US Department of State [official website]. Critics of … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the authority of Governor Tom Wolf [official website] to postpone executions in the commonwealth. The unanimous decision came after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams petitioned [JURIST report] the court to reject reprieves as an unconstitutional intrusion of state executive … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights Office (OHCHR) [official website] announced [press release] on Friday that it has received reports that human rights violations against Sunni Arab communities by Iraqi and Kurdish security forces are increasing in parts of Iraq that were reclaimed from the … [read more]

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