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Today the Fifth Circuit heard a last-ditch appeal by Linda Carty, a British grandmother who is currently in on death row in Texas after being convicted of murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection on the basis of a catastrophically flawed trial.
The defence argued that Linda's trial lawyer, Jerry Guerinot, failed to provide her with effective assistance, denying her access to a fair trial at the guilt/innocence stage. This includes failing to interview witnesses ...
A new report by Physicians for Human Rights calls for health professionals involved in torture to face investigation for unprofessional and criminal conduct.
In the wake of the release of the CIA Inspector General's report, which revealed the intelligence service's use of 'enhanced interrogation' techniques including prolonged diapering, 'walling' (the detainee is placed in a neck collar which is then used to slam him against a wall) and confinement in a box, Physicians for Human Rights have published a report entitled 'Aiding Torture'.
It details the profound complicity of health professionals in the torture of terror suspects at ...
We feel like it's a great time to be part of the debate about whether Norway should offer a home to ex-prisoners like Sherif el Mashad, and our project is getting lots of attention in the Norwegian press (although sadly we can't understand it!)
See an example below, an article from the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.
Thailand’s double execution last week is a disheartening setback on the road to abolition.
Last Monday, the 24th August, Thailand executed two prisoners for drugs offences, after a six year de facto moratorium on the death penalty. (A de facto moratorium occurs when the death penalty has not been used in a country for such a period as to make it in practice abolished, even whilst it remains available in law).
Thailand had not previously carried out an execution since 2003; one of Reprieve's recent clients, Eric Kong, was sentenced to death in Thailand but granted clemency ...
Texas has held its first ever state-sanctioned review of an execution, and may be forced to declare it has executed an innocent man.
Last week, I wrote a blog discussing the recent dissenting opinion of US Supreme Court Justice Scalia, in which he advocates for a point at which a conviction is deemed final, and cannot be questioned, no matter what new evidence subsequently emerges. Many of those who oppose capital punishment do so on the grounds that this point should never exist: we can never be absolutely certain, and so a conviction should never be irreversible.
The danger of ...
The recent trial of Judge Sharon Keller in Texas has been a spark of hope in the dark world that is Texas’s Death Row.
Michael Wayne Richard, a death row inmate since 1987, was executed in November 2007 when Keller refused to keep the court open after 5pm to receive his appeal. The appeal hinged on a Supreme Court ruling earlier that same day about the constitutionality of current execution methods. His lawyers decided to file a last-minute appeal, which would almost certainly have delayed Mr Richards’s execution, at least for a short time. But they were told ...
Sunday's International Day of the Disappeared reminded us that the United States have cheerfully utilized a terrorist practice in their 'War on Terror'.
The first action of the UN Human Rights Council when it was established in 2006 was to create an international convention to outlaw the practice of enforced disappearance. It has now been signed by 81 countries, but the signatures of two countries are still conspicuously absent: those of the United Kingdom and the United States.
From Stalin's damnatio memoriae method - in which political figures who had been 'purged' were also erased from photographs, books and ...
It appeared the US president had stopped the use of CIA prisons, but a closer look reveals the canker at his state's heart remains.
In the wake of newly released CIA memos providing further disturbing details on the CIA's overseas secret prisons programme for "terror suspects", the Obama administration is sneaking some far-reaching and dubious changes to US treatment of terror suspects through the back door.
A 2004 report by the CIA inspector-general, John Helgerson, reveals new details of torture of prisoners in CIA custody, where interrogators went far beyond rules of military engagement in their treatment of ...
This great piece on Bagram by Andew at Al Jazeera Doha describes the $50mn redevelopment of the prison.
The new 40-acre site will have space for 1100 inmates; there will be low and high-risk detainee units spread across multiple buildings, with recreation yards, guard towers and specialist medical facilities.Reprieve is now beginning the long fight for the right to represent the prisoners inside.
Two US Supreme Court Justices claim that there is no constitutional right for the innocent not to be executed.
On 17th August, two of the most senior judges in America expressed their view that it was not necessarily unconstitutional to execute a man who has been proved to be innocent. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing a dissenting opinion for himself and Justice Clarence Thomas, claimed there was “considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged “actual innocence” is constitutionally cognizable”.
Happily, however, despite the horrifying stance of Justices Scalia and Thomas, the Supreme Court has now ordered a federal judge in ...