Representing Individuals Facing the Death Penalty: A Best Practices Manual

This manual is the product of a long and productive collaboration between Death Penalty Worldwide (a project directed by Professor Sandra Babcock of the Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law), the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron P.A., the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, practicing lawyers in at least 15 countries, and law students enrolled in

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| December 11, 2017 |

India: Court sentences man to death for rape, killing of housemaid

A special court has sentenced an Indian businessman and his domestic help to death for the brutal rape and murder of a 25-year-old housemaid in their home in Noida city on the outskirts of the national capital in 2006. The court of India's Central Bureau of Investigation pronounced the quantum of punishment, a day after holding businessman Maninder Pandher and his aide Surinder Koli guilty

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| December 11, 2017 |

Bali jailbreak: US inmate escapes notorious Kerobokan prison

 A US man held for drug possession has escaped from Bali's most notorious prison and is on the run on the Indonesian resort island. Local media named the fugitive as Chrishan Beasley, arrested in August for carrying 5g (0.18oz) of hashish. The 32-year old made his escape by scaling a prison wall with a fellow inmate who was recaptured immediately. Indonesia has very strict anti-drugs

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| December 11, 2017 |

Saudi Arabia On Track To Execute The Most People This Year In Two Decades

Figures provided exclusively to BuzzFeed News reveal that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s attempt to present himself as a reformer, the country's approach to the death penalty has not changed. Mujtaba al-Sweikat was 17 years old when he attended a protest against the government in Saudi Arabia in the summer of 2012. That December, on his way to visit Western Michigan University, where he was

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| December 10, 2017 |

States to try new ways of executing prisoners. Their latest idea? Opioids.

The synthetic painkiller fentanyl has been the driving force behind the nation’s opioid epidemic, killing tens of thousands of Americans last year in overdoses. Now two states want to use the drug’s powerful properties for a new purpose: to execute prisoners on death row. As Nevada and Nebraska push for the country’s first fentanyl-assisted executions, doctors and death penalty opponents

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| December 10, 2017 |

India: Should death penalty be abolished? Study presents a firm argument

The study points towards lack of uniform understanding of 'rarest of the rare' At a time the debate on whether capital punishment should be abolished rages in the country, the study based on interview of 60 former Supreme Court judges brought out a non-uniform and rather contradictory approach by judges while awarding death sentences. Significantly, these judges, which included eight

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| December 10, 2017 |

California: Woman who murdered spouse for insurance sentenced to death

A death sentence was handed down for a Moreno Valley woman who fatally shot her 56-year-old husband to collect more than $1 million in life insurance proceeds. A Riverside jury in August convicted 62-year-old Lorraine Alison Hunter of murdering Albert Thomas in 2009 and ultimately recommended that she receive capital punishment for the slaying. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mac

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| December 09, 2017 |

Nebraska: Omaha attorney signs on to help fight Jose Sandoval's execution

An Omaha attorney will represent condemned killer Jose Sandoval in his bid to fight the state's attempt to execute him via lethal injection. Attorney Stu Dornan filed a motion in Madison County District Court this week arguing that Sandoval, 38, should be resentenced to life in prison or have another capital sentencing hearing. The Legislature repealed the death penalty in May 2015, then

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| December 09, 2017 |

Florida: Man convicted of killing 2 people in 2008 resentenced to 2 death sentences

A 63-year-old man convicted of killing 2 people with a hammer in 2008 is going back on Florida's death row. Citing inadequate legal representation, the Florida Supreme Court last year ordered Raymond Bright re-sentenced and the chance to avoid the death penalty for the murders of Derrick King and Randall Brown. Prosecutors said the victims were killed what during a drug-related dispute.

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| December 09, 2017 |
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