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Rights group: Pakistan shouldn't execute mentally ill man

Jun. 16, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A rights group has urged the Pakistani government not to execute a prisoner with "clear symptoms of mental illness" scheduled to be hanged in two days. Sarah Belal, executive director of Justice Project Pakistan, which campaigns against the death penalty, said Saturday that the...

Dad sentenced to die, but executions rare in South Carolina

Jun. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A father who killed his five children will be a new resident on South Carolina's death row, where the population has dropped by 25% in eight years — but not because of executions, since the state hasn't put anyone to death in that time. The state is in an unofficial death...

Louisiana DA seeks August execution date for child murderer

Jun. 14, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor is seeking an August execution date for a convicted child rapist and murderer in what would be the state's first execution in almost 10 years. The American Press reports that the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office filed a death warrant Wednesday requesting...

Prosecutor responds to detective supporting LGBT executions

Jun. 13, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is reviewing all pending cases investigated by a detective who has said the government should execute gay people. Knox County District Attorney Charme (SHARM') Allen announced the action Wednesday in a statement after news outlets reported that...

Ethics case dropped against judge over execution protest

Jun. 12, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas disciplinary panel dismissed an ethics case against a judge who faced the possibility of removal from the bench for participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using an execution drug, the commission's counsel said...

Jury picked in man's trial in Chinese scholar's death

Jun. 11, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A jury has been selected in the trial of a former graduate student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China. A federal judge in Peoria, Illinois, told jurors to return Wednesday for opening statements. Brendt Christensen could be sentenced to death...

Human rights group locates North Korean execution sites

Jun. 11, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens. The...

Death-penalty trial panned in state that ended punishment

Jun. 10, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A perplexed prospective juror at the trial of a former graduate student charged with kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China said during jury selection last week that she didn't understand how a conviction could carry the death penalty in Illinois when the state...

Saudi youth, arrested at 13, faces possible execution

Jun. 10, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A young Saudi man, arrested when he was 13, could face execution for taking part in Shiite-led protests as a child, Amnesty International said. Murtaja Qureiris, now 18, is on trial for charges that include joining a "terror group" and "sowing sedition", according to the...

Jury selection begins at trial of Chinese scholar's slaying

Jun. 3, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge began vetting would-be jurors Monday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois physics student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar. Brendt Christensen, 29, looked on in a dress shirt from a defense table as the judge...