In its 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court said Texas' judgment of intellectual disability relies on "lay stereotypes" such as the character Lennie Small from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.The Supreme Court barred executions of intellectually disabled people in 2002 as "cruel and unusual punishment" under the Eighth Amendment but allowed states to set their on standards on what constitutes mental disability.A trial judge ruled Moore intellectually disabled in 2014. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned that ruling in 2015.The appeals court did not change its ruling after the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision on the case, which deemed the Texas' standards on establishing intellectual disability outdated and ordered the state to use modern practices.Chief Justice John Roberts said in a concurring opinion Tuesday that the state court had once again committed the mistakes the Supreme Court had originally taken issue with in determining whether Moore was intellectually … [Read more...] about Supreme Court rules out capital punishment for Texas man on death row for nearly 40 years
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ASIA Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. The mum-of-four spent almost a decade on death row before her conviction was finally overturned by the country's highest court. Here's her story. Why was Asia Bibi sentenced to death? Asia Bibi, a Christian, was put on death row in 2010 after she was accused of insulting Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan's capital, Lahore. The charge against Bibi dates back to a hot day in 2009 when she went to get water for her and her fellow farmworkers. Two Muslim women refused to take a drink from a container used by a Christian. A few days later, a mob accused her of blasphemy and she was convicted and sentenced to death. Bibi's lawyer, Saiful Malook, argued that the many contradictions in witnesses' statements tainted the evidence. The two Muslim women who levelled the charges against Bibi denied they were quarrelling with her, saying her outbursts against Islam were unprovoked. Yet several independent … [Read more...] about Why was Asia Bibi’s death penalty conviction overturned, does Pakistan have capital punishment and what is blasphemy?
Pope Francis has amended the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding capital punishment, declaring it “inadmissible” and saying the Church “works with determination for its abolition worldwide.” Prior to the changes announced through the Vatican press office Thursday, the Catholic Catechism taught that recourse to the death penalty was not to be “excluded” as a legitimate punishment “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”It further taught, however, that the state should limit itself to non-lethal means whenever possible, since they are “more in conformity to the dignity of the human person,” noting that the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” The new text of the relevant number, 2267, recognizes that recourse to the death penalty “was long considered an … [Read more...] about Pope Francis Amends Catechism, Declares Capital Punishment ‘Inadmissible’
Mark Berman, The Washington Post Published 12:19 pm, Monday, May 21, 2018 Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday called for reviving the death penalty in his state, which banned the practice in 2011 and has not carried out an execution in nearly two decades. Rauner's proposal breaks with recent history, which has seen Illinois among several states that have shifted away from capital punishment by freezing or outright abolishing the practice. In his announcement, Rauner said the death penalty should be reinstated for mass murderers or people who kill members of law enforcement. "Individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken," Rauner, a Republican who took office in 2015 and is up for reelection this year, said at a news conference. "They deserve that." Nineteen states have abolished the death penalty, and Illinois is among the seven that have done so since 2007, according to the Death Penalty … [Read more...] about Illinois governor wants state to revive death penalty for mass murderers and people who kill police
State corporations and groups have been found to have committed violations worth nearly VNĐ350 trillion (US$15.5 billion) in State capital usage and management during the 2011-2016 period, according to the Government Inspectorate.— Photo vnexpress.net HÀ NỘI — State corporations and groups have been found to have committed violations worth nearly VNĐ350 trillion (US$15.5 billion) in State capital usage and management during the 2011-2016 period, according to the Government Inspectorate. The figure was counted following 19 inspections carried out by the Government Inspectorate during the period. Most violations found at State businesses and corporations related to investment procedures, the purchasing of public assets, and weak management capacity that led to other violations in economic management and regulations. Limitations in inspection and supervision tasks of relevant ministries and agencies are also blamed for the wrongdoings in … [Read more...] about State corps commit violations worth over $15b