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Supreme Court hears arguments on determining mental incapacity for capital punishment
March 31, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday over how to apply the court's 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, which decided that capital punishment for mentally handicapped individuals was considered cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. In Brumfield v. Cain the court will dec....... [more]

Utah governor signs bill reinstating firing squad option for executions
March 24, 2015
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal injectio....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Pakistan to halt postponed execution of juvenile offender
March 22, 2015
Pakistani authorities have postponed the execution of an inmate convicted as a minor, a decision welcomed Friday by a group of independent UN human rights experts. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the age of Shafqat Hussain, who may have been as young as 14 when he was sentenced to d....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate
March 18, 2015
Missouri officials executed death row inmate Cecil Clayton early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court and Governor Jay Nixon denied his requested stay of execution. Clayton, 74, was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting a sheriff's deputy in 1996. Clayton's attorneys argued that he w....... [more]

Pakistan authorities execute 12 after six-year moratorium lifted
March 17, 2015
Pakistani authorities hanged 12 men on Tuesday, the largest number of people executed in a single day following the preliminary removal of the country's moratorium on executions in December. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry stated the men were terrorists, murderers or guilty of heinous crime....... [more]

Alabama votes to keep execution drug suppliers secret, bring back electric chair
March 12, 2015
The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to keep execution drug suppliers' names secret and to bring back the use of the electric chair when chemicals for lethal injection are not available. The members of the House added the drug suppliers secrecy section to a bill that is currently....... [more]

Utah lawmakers give final approval to bill allowing executions by firing squad
March 11, 2015
The Utah State Legislature gave final approval to a bill Tuesday that will allow execution by firing squad if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The goal of House Bill 11 is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce....... [more]

Pakistan lifts 6-year death penalty moratorium
March 10, 2015
The Pakistan Ministry of Interior on Tuesday lifted the country's moratorium on the death penalty, permitting hangings for those prisoners who have exhausted all possible appeals. The stay on capital punishment was initially partially lifted in December in response to a school attack that took 145 l....... [more]

Pakistan court upholds death sentence for blasphemy killing
March 9, 2015
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the man convicted of assassinating the liberal governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Salman Taseer for his opposition against the nation's blasphemy law. The governor, in his opposition, was expressing his....... [more]

Indonesian court to hear appeal by two Australian drug smugglers on death row
March 8, 2015
An Indonesian court has scheduled an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers on death row for Thursday March 12th. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the leaders of the "Bali Nine" drug smuggling organization, were granted the appeal despite President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant them clemency. Wid....... [more]

Bangladesh war crimes convict appeals death sentence
March 5, 2015
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman filed a review petition with the country's apex court Thursday against its verdict that upheld the death sentence awarded to him by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) for war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War. Kamaru....... [more]




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