April 14, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Monday urged Iran to immediately halt the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman sentenced to death of murdering Mortez Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry ...[read more]
April 6, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday urged Somali authorities to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The UN recommended the moratorium citing its concern over judicial processes after a man was executed nine days after he allegedly ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday overturned a ruling from US District Court for the Southern District of Texas that had required the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide information about the supplier of lethal injection drugs. Lower court Judge Vanessa Gilmore ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Paul M. Smith of Jenner & Block discusses the recent oral arguments in Hall v. Florida...In 2002, the US Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment contained in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution ...[read more]
March 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Oklahoma County District Court ruled Wednesday that the state?s law preventing death row inmates from obtaining information about the drugs used in lethal injections violates the Oklahoma constitution. Judge Patricia Parrish found that the Oklahoma law, which keeps the identities of lethal... ...[read more]
March 20, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday ruled that two inmate executions scheduled for March 20 and March 27 must be delayed for at least a month so that the state may have additional time to either procure the appropriate execution drugs or to alter the state's execution protocol. The ...[read more]
March 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A panel of UN human rights experts led by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic, announced on Tuesday a new investigative report into the Syrian conflict. The report describes horrific violence in Syria by rebel and ...[read more]
March 7, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
On Thursday the Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill that would require information related to suppliers of drugs used in lethal injections to be kept confidential, citing current difficulties obtaining the drugs. The bill is being pushed by the Alabama Department of Corrections, and ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has agreed on to not provide a drug necessary to execute a Missouri inmate who has filed a suit arguing that the drug could cause severe and inhumane pain, but state officials said they would still proceed with the execution. US District Judge Terence Kern on ...[read more]
February 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments on Monday regarding the constitutionality of a law allowing the state to withhold the identities of the manufacturers of Georgia's lethal injection drugs. Last May, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 122, which included a provision ...[read more]

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