Death row inmate seeks execution; judge to decide competency
(AP) — A Mississippi judge will decide whether a death row inmate who up all his appeals and have the state Supreme Court set his execution date. stand on MS death row a guilty man worthy of death — please grant me. Tennessee on Thursday electrocuted a convicted murder who had been renewed debate on use of the death penalty so long after a crime. Miller exploded on May 20, while on a date with year-old Lee Standifer. Pakistan frees Christian woman on death row for blasphemy The allegations against Bibi date back to , when she was working in a field.
Bibi appeared to be in state of disbelief after hearing that Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had quashed her conviction nearly eight years after she was first sentenced to death.
Will they let me out, really? But the acquittal was met with near silence on the country's airwaves as broadcasters appeared to be steer clear of covering the controversial topic.
Bibi was set to be released immediately according to the court, although there was no word if any security arrangements were being made for her protection. Her legal team celebrated the court's decision amid beefed-up security in Islamabad. Pope Benedict XVI called for her release inwhile in her daughter met his successor and the current head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.
Freedom for Bibi in Pakistan, where university students have been lynched and Christians burnt in ovens over blasphemy claims, means a life under threat by hardliners, who regularly hold demonstrations calling for her execution.
The allegations against Bibi date back towhen she was working in a field and was asked to fetch water.
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Muslim women she was labouring with allegedly objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she was unfit to touch the water bowl. The women went to a local cleric and accused Bibi of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed, a charge punishable by death under colonial-era legislation.
Blasphemy weaponised During the appeal hearing on October 8, a three-member panel of Supreme Court justices appeared to question the case against her, with Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, considered Pakistan's top expert in criminal law, listing flaws in the proceedings.
Edmund Zagorksi, who was sentenced to die in for killing two men he robbed during a drug deal, has no new execution date scheduled after the state's plans for a lethal injection last Thursday were cancelled amid a flurry of legal maneuvers.
They included a court order that he die in the electric chair, at his request. Those moves may have set back possible execution a few weeks at best. Court filings indicate Zagorski, who has spent 34 years on Tennessee's death row, could get an execution date as early as Oct. Just a day before his previously scheduled execution, the 6th U.
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Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay that could have delayed it for many months. Supreme Court struck down the stay the next day and also declined to hear a separate appeal challenging Tennessee's three-drug lethal injection cocktail.
Meanwhile, a third federal court ordered Tennessee to honor Zagorski's request to die in the electric chair, rather than by lethal injection. Zagorski's attorney said the inmate believes electrocution would be quicker and less painful.
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That last decision, by a U. District Court judge in Nashville, apparently prompted Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to put a temporary halt to the execution.