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At exactly 5.18pm yesterday, William Berkley became the sixth Texas inmate to die by lethal injection in 2010, after being condemned to death for the slaying of 18 year old Sophia Martinez in March 2000.
Berkley was convicted of fatally shooting the El Paso high school senior after robbing and sexually assaulting her. In his brief statement before execution, William thanked his girlfriend, a friend and his spiritual adviser, who were at the execution, for their love and support. He has always vehemently denied killing Martinez and states he was not given a fair trial.
Gary James Johnson, Kenneth ...
The town of Leverett, Massachusetts will soon vote on a resolution which, if passed, will offer Ahmed Belbacha a second home in the US.
The release also states that the town of Leverett, Massachusetts may mirror previous attempts made by Amherst, Massachusetts in offering Guantánamo Bay detainee, Ahmed Belbacha, a home in the States.
In November 2009, Amherst passed an unusual resolution affirming they would accept Ahmed as ...
72% of Guantánamo prisoners whose cases have been reviewed by US courts were found to have been illegally held by the Americans.
Since June 2008, when the landmark US Supreme Court decision Boumediene finally gave Guantánamo prisoners the right to challenge their detentions in US courts, nearly 3/4ths of the prisoners whose habeas cases have advanced have been successful.
This week, Andy Worthington will be hosting “Guantanamo Habeas Week” on his site, where he’ll be examining the 47 cases that have been decided thus far.
The rulings reviewed shed light on the utter lack of evidence available to ...
“Naheem Hussain was 19 when he was arrested in 2004, his friend Rehan Zaman was 21. Reprieve didn’t know about their case until October 2008, when the Foreign Office contacted us. Naheem and Rehan are from Birmingham. During a visit to Pakistan in 2004 they were arrested after two members of Naheem’s family were killed during a dispute over land. They were beaten and tortured by the police for two weeks, and all of the scant evidence against them was extracted under torture. Six years later, they are still awaiting trial.
“The thing that struck me meeting them ...
On the 30th April at 12pm, the organisation Voices for Death Row Inmates has organized a peaceful protest to show the US authorities here in the UK that people do not agree with capital punishment.
The London event will have several guest speakers including human rights activist Gilles Denizot and, they hope, an exonerated death row inmate. The organisation is holding this event to show the world that it has not forgotten the inmates who sit awaiting state-sanctioned murder.
That’s a question that Chikurubi Prison would dearly love the answer to. The Zimbabwean Maximum Security unit has been searching for a hangman for the last five years without success.
This is perhaps surprising given that the national unemployment rate is 94% and that the job requires no previous experience or qualifications. It must surely be the only unwanted job in Zimbabwe!
Admittedly, the job description is hardly appealing: “The job of a hangman is reserved only for men. The job demands strength and unwavering focus. It is not of the faint-hearted”. The Daily News of Zimbabwe adds that ...
The EC project 'Engaging Europe in the fight for US abolition' at Reprieve is accepting applications for an investigator. If interested, please click here for details of the role and how to apply.
In a bizarre turn of events Ronnie Lee Gardner may be the first death row inmate to be executed by firing squad in Utah since 1996 – if he so decides.
'Man executed by Utah firing squad': this is not a headline most Americans would expect to read in in 2010. However, should death row inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner choose to be executed by firing squad instead of by lethal injection, people in Utah could be waking up to that very news.
A loophole in Utah’s 2004 legislation outlawing the use of firing squads as a method of execution gives ...
Accept a job at Reprieve, and you can never guess quite what each week has in store. Last week was no different.
The makers of In the Land of the Free had kindly donated a life-size replica death penalty cell, on a flat-bed truck. I spent the weekend trying to convince my wonderful and confused parents that their garden was an ideal storage and display location.
Luckily for my folks, the good people at Lush instead offered to store it down at their factory in Poole. I picked up the truck in London first thing on Monday, discovering quickly that ...
Less than a month after the dramatic resignation of former Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng over her public refusal to sign executive orders to execute death-row prisoners, the new minister Tseng Yung-fu has reassured the international community by insisting that it is the aim of the Taiwanese government to gradually abolish the death penalty.
Since his appointment Tseng has created a special review committee that will ascertain the case status of each of the 44 prisoner’s currently on death row. Thereafter it is his intention to organize public seminars to reveal public opinion on the matter after it was revealed ...