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Even the Old Testament, often seen as the textbook of retributive justice, suggests that it is better for the guilty to go free than for innocent people to suffer:
“And the Lord said, if I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes...”
However, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens admitted on Wednesday that modern pressures on the judicial system have increased the risk of innocent people being sentenced to death. Speaking at a judicial conference in Chicago, Justice Stevens told his audience that “the risk of an incorrect decision ...
The US constitution, written in the 18th century and one of the most celebrated constitutions in the world, has been dealt a blow by the Obama Administration recently. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided that some constitutional rights should be limited -- even for American citizens.
The rights Holder is hesitant about come from the 1966 Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona. Miranda created the warning that we have all come to love from TV police dramas (often called an individual’s Miranda rights):
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you ...
In a surprise manoeuvre that will send shockwaves throughout the United States and specifically the medical profession, the American Board of Anaesthesiologists has finally mirrored the view of the American Medical Association by revoking the certification of members if they participate in the execution of prisoners by lethal injection.
The risk of being unable to work in most hospitals, clinics and walk-in centres because of the new proposal could affect more than 40,000 of the groups members.
Currently half of the states that continue to perform state-sanctioned executions require a doctor; if not an anaesthesiologist to be present so ...
Reprieve is giving away two tickets to our fantastic comedy night on 7th June featuring Tim Minchin, Stewart Lee and a host of other great comedy acts. All you have to do is e-mail us your funniest quip.
For more information on Laughter/Pain, visit http://www.reprieve.org.uk/laughterpain.
To enter the competition please tell us your funniest joke by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The joke which makes the Reprieve office laugh the hardest wins - and might just get read out by Clive Stafford Smith on the night.
All entries must be received by ...
We’re absolutely delighted that Reprieve’s ‘Life after Guantanamo’ [LAG] team has been shortlisted for a 2010 Charity Award. The prestigious Charity Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in leadership and management of charities.
The small LAG team (just Polly Rossdale and Chloe Davies) has had a significant impact on the lives of those released from Guantánamo Bay, as well as the push to get cleared prisoners released to Europe. To date, 44 men have been referred to the LAG team; 27 of them have been released from Guantánamo, and the LAG team has been directly involved in facilitating a ...
If I recall correctly there was speculative talk for a brief while of 'prison ships' to cope with prison overcrowding in the UK. I am sure the radical proposal was only ever the result of a brainstorming session- and we all know what results they produce (see the recent FCO memo regarding Pope Benedict’s pending visit?).
However only last week did Nigeria’s state governors, in the spirit of astonishing off-the-wall suggestions that make prison-ships sound like cruises to rival the Queen Mary; did they offer their support for the execution of over 300 prisoners on death row to ...
Six years ago the British took two men into custody in Iraq. Working with the Americans, the UK then rendered the men to Afghanistan where they have been held ever since in secret detention, beyond the protection of law.
The charity for which I work, Reprieve, has been trying to reunite them with their legal rights. We do not insist that they are innocent – although the evidence suggests that they are. We do insist that they should be allowed a fair trial.
The government has a policy for this kind of thing of course. Let us identify the policy, and ...
Reprieve attorney Tara Murray will answer questions after this evening's 8pm screening of Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1.
Tara represents prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, and will appear alongside former prisoners Moazzam Begg and Omar Deghayes and the film's creators Andy Worthington and Polly Nash.
Time Out has described Outside the Law as "a strong movie examining the imprisonment and subsequent torture of those falsely accused of anti-American conspiracy".
Allowing a prisoner to 'choose' the method of his own execution is a rather twisted application of human rights.
Yet that’s the choice Ronnie Lee Gardner has recently grappled with. On Friday, having initially opted for lethal injection, Ronnie sent a simple request to the judge in Salt Lake City: "I would like the firing squad, please."
Since the US Supreme Court temporarily suspended capital punishment in the 1970s, the only other execution by firing squad was that of John Taylor in 1996 – also in Utah. According to the New York Times, Taylor chose this method of execution ‘to ...
In a country where a senior cleric can boldly assert that women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes, it is saddening, but not surprising, that state executions in Iran are rife.
However over the last few months Iran has become a hotbed of activity. Since mid- February there have been at least nine hangings as well as floggings, and limb amputations for those accused of crimes ranging from robbery to rape.
In 2009 Iran carried out a reported 402 executions. Among those executed was a 26 year-old student named Kouhyar who was enrolled at ...