Troy Davis led a protest higher than usual in the United States. But justice was better served by switching
I was at a scout camp in Cornwall, one spring morning at a steady pace in 1960 when we learned that Caryl Chessman, a thief and a rapist from California was finally executed in the gas chamber in San Quentin Prison after 12 years on death row. Years later, I discovered that my future head of the Guardian Aitken, Ian - 84 this week - was one of the journalists covering his last hours
Deja vu again this morning, when the media have confirmed the indignation of night in the Twittersphere news that Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection at a prison in Atlanta, Georgia Southern's first hours of the day, despite the familiar rituals of last-minute appeals and delays, then turned as given in the case Chessman.
This time the process took 22 years, Davis was convicted of the shooting of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police trying to break a fight. Davis died still protesting his innocence - as he did during the long legal battle for his life during which the principal witnesses attempted to withdraw his evidence and Ed Pilkington in Jackson prison, as Aitken was in San Quentin for 51 years, explained here by 10 points.
hundreds of protesters were outside the prison, and countless individuals and organizations across the United States and the world called for clemency. The Supreme Court of the U. S. contributed to the execution date of the fourth Davis would be the last.
a journalist who witnessed 12 executions in the state (the practice of detachment and always has a "rain of a long, long time," after she told Radio 4 program today) said that the protest had not known before.
also sounded a little gay for my taste, but was satisfied that the evidence against Davis was solid. For many people in many countries, this detail is important. For others, the principle that the death penalty - the state takes life in cold blood - the only thing that matters and that is bad in all circumstances
Overall, it is the European point of view today, although the abolitionist movement grew up around the world in recent decades -. 96 countries have abolished the death penalty against 16 only 30 years ago
Russia is one of them, while the United States (46 executions in 2010) and China - about 5,000 - are not. Iran (252-plus) and North Korea (62 and up) at No. 2 and the absence of point 3, the Muslim states are more visible in the playlist. Japan has executed two people.
lot of irony to chew on this list. Europe, as an atheist, opposes capital punishment, but it is a world leader in the promotion of abortion. China at least has the consistency of support for what some call the "double death" approach.
time today is a report on the imminent death of Davis, but a more censorship in Iran and stressed the implementation of 17 -. In public and crane
Alireza Molla-Soltani was also convicted of murder, killing a well known athlete after a dispute of conduct as recently as July (does not work with the resources in Iran). He claimed that he acted in self-defense and called his mother as the crowd shouted "Allah Akbar". Your age - officials said it was 18 years of his time - which amounts to a violation of international law, critics sayUnited States, the question is one of 50 states to decide, not a federal question under the Constitution of 1787. Most still do occasionally, 14 (plus the District of Columbia) do not, especially in the Midwest and Northeast. Michigan just never did.
In Britain, the abolitionists have reduced the list of capital crimes for 200 years and suspended him for the murder in 1965 (continental only), was made permanent in 1969. Past crimes - including treason -. It was in 1998, and the UK signed the Protocol 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights in 2003-4, when the decision is for the future
During the 20th century, appears to have executed nearly 700 people. Mistakes were made? Of course, John and Timothy Evans was hanged in 1950 is evidence of serial killer John Christie, who was critical of public opinion - and interior ministers - far from practice. But on the other side it can be argued, and does the mistakes that allow murderers to kill again also causes the death of innocents. It is also a strong point.
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