September 24, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Suleiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, to life in US prison for terrorism-related charges. Ghaith, the highest ranking al Qaeda figure to face trial in a US court since the September 11 terrorist attacks, was found guilty in March of conspiring to ...[read more]
September 17, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of top Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Vice President Delwar Hossain Sayedee, sentencing him to life behind bars for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. Sayedee was convicted last year on counts of ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday resentenced convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to 21 years in prison. Judge Marcia Cooke resentenced Padilla after the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in 2011 that Padilla's 17-year sentence was too ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The French Senate adopted a law Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these prisons has ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced two former generals to life imprisonment for leading Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule. The two retired generals, 96-year-old Kenan Evren, who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by G. Redd
A group of independent UN human rights experts on Thursday condemned Iran's execution of a political prisoner, calling for the country to end the death penalty. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was arrested in 2008 for supporting western media, found guilty of enmity against God and sentenced to six ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Mexican government has published new sentencing guidelines that will double prison sentences for kidnapping crimes. This increases the minimum sentence for such crimes from 20 to 40 years, and the maximum from 50 to 140 years for those who kill their victims. Other factors that affect sentence ...[read more]
May 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent terrorism," other ...[read more]

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