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'Express lane to death': Texas seeks approval to speed up death penalty appeals, execute more quickly

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Texas is seeking to speed up executions with a renewed request to opt-in to a federal law that would shorten the legal process and limit appeals options for death-sentenced prisoners.
Defense attorneys worry it would lead to the execution of innocent people and - if it's applied retroactively, as Texas is requesting - it could potentially end ongoing appeals for a number of death row prisoners and make them eligible for execution dates.
"Opt-in would speed up the death penalty treadmill exponentially," said Kathryn Kase, an longtime defense attorney and former executive director of Texas Defender Services.
But a state attorney general spokeswoman framed the request to the Justice Department as a necessary way to avoid "stressful delays" and cut down on the "excessive costs" of lengthy federal court proceedings.
Robbie Kaplan, co-founder of the #TimesUp movement, says sweeping changes to laws in recent years have dissuaded attorneys from taking on har…

Iran Regime's Inhumane Punishment of Death by Stoning Continues

Iran: Barbaric and medieval punishments
Iran: Barbaric and medieval punishments
NCRI - Criminal Court of the Western Lorestan province in Iran, condemned a man and a woman accused of so called ‘unethical relation’ to medieval capital punishment of death by stoning.

According to the verdict of the Criminal Court Branch 1, in Lorestan Province, the sentence of ‘death by stoning’ has been issued, for Mr. KH. A and Mrs. S-M.Th. The state run website called Kashkan reported on February 2, 2017.

The source said: "At the moment the sentence is issued by the lower court and the track is communicated to the attorneys of the defendants and added, in this case the role of the city administration chief, the Public Prosecutor Bureau, feta police intelligence and police has been outstanding in gathering evidence, arresting suspects and transferring the case to legal authorities.

The source also stated that the two accused are already in custody, awaiting final approval of the sentence by the court.

It is noteworthy that Amnesty International earlier this year in Jaunary, has called out the mullahs’ dictatorship and asked other international human rights charities and governments to condemn these atrocities.

In a statement, Amnesty International wrote: “Iran’s persistent use of cruel and inhuman punishments, including floggings, amputations and forced blinding over the past year, exposes the authorities’ utterly brutal sense of justice.”

Source: NCRI, Feb. 4, 2017

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