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Malaysian Court Orders US Citizen to the Gallows

Gerald Mickelson found guilty of murdering ex-wife

(Newser) - A Malaysian court has sentenced an American man to death by hanging for killing his ex-wife, but the man will appeal the ruling on the grounds that he acted in self-defense, the AP reports. Lawyer KA Ramu says the High Court found his client, 63-year-old Gerald Wayne Mickelson, guilty of... More »

In a First, Saudis May Behead Female Human-Rights Activist

Canada continues to push back

(Newser) - In the midst of a fight with Canada over female human-rights activists, Saudi Arabia plans to behead one. The country's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against five activists, including Israa al-Ghomgham of the Shia Muslim minority, who documented mass protests in the Eastern Province beginning in 2011,... More »

Nebraska Uses Fentanyl to Kill Prisoner, a First

Carey Dean Moore was put to death Tuesday

(Newser) - For the first time, fentanyl has been used in the execution of a US prisoner. Carey Dean Moore was put to death via lethal injection at the Nebraska State Penitentiary Tuesday morning using a previously untested combination of four drugs: fentanyl citrate, the powerful synthetic opioid blamed for deadly overdoses... More »

Before His Execution: 'I'm Really Sorry. That's It'

Billy Ray Irick first person executed in Tennessee since 2009

(Newser) - Billy Ray Irick was executed with a lethal injection Thursday night, some 33 years after he raped and murdered Paula Dyer, a 7-year-old girl he was supposed to be babysitting. The 59-year-old was the first person executed in Tennessee since 2009 and the seventh since 1961, the Tennessean reports. "... More »

'They're Not My Loved Ones': Reporter Talks About 429 Executions

Veteran Associated Press reporter Michael Graczyk recalls his life's work

(Newser) - Michael Graczyk has probably witnessed more executions than anyone. Now the veteran AP reporter is retiring—becoming a freelancer, actually—and discussing what it's like to see so many people killed by the state, the Washington Post reports. "I understand there's a certain curiosity that a lot... More »

Man Explodes Device Outside US Embassy in Beijing

He injured only himself

(Newser) - A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the US Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson. Photos on social media showed a large amount of smoke and police vehicles surrounding the embassy shortly after the incident. Apart from a heightened security... More »

Japan Carries Out 2nd Mass Execution This Month

Final 6 Aum Shinrikyo members hanged

(Newser) - Thursday was the final day of reckoning for members of a doomsday cult that killed dozens of people in Japan in the 1990s. Six members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were hanged, weeks after the mass execution of cult leader Shoko Asahara and another six of his followers , the BBC... More »

Texas Executes Man Despite Request of Victim's Children

Christopher Young killed store owner in 2004

(Newser) - The children of San Antonio convenience store owner Hasmukh "Hash" Patel did not want Christopher Young to be executed for the murder of their father—but Texas executed him Tuesday night anyway. Young, 34, received a lethal injection after lawyers failed to win a last-minute reprieve from Gov. Greg... More »

Judge Halts Nevada's Controversial Execution Plan

Drugmaker accused state of using 'subterfuge' to obtain one of the drugs

(Newser) - A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death, the AP reports. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez disallowed the use of the drug in a ruling... More »

Critics Blast Nevada's Plan to Execute Inmate With Fentanyl

It's a US first

(Newser) - Critics are warning about the "very real risk of a botched execution" in what is to be the first US case of capital punishment using fentanyl. With manufacturers unwilling to sell any drugs to be used in executions, Nevada's Department of Corrections quietly purchased small doses of fentanyl... More »

In Japan, Mass Hanging of Cult Leader, 6 Followers

They were members of Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for Japan's worst terrorist attack

(Newser) - Japan on Friday executed the leader of a doomsday cult and six of his followers, public broadcaster NHK reports, a mass hanging that had been rumored for months . Chizuo Matsumoto, also known as Shoko Asahara, was the head of Aum Shinrikyo, the group responsible for the 1995 sarin nerve gas... More »

'Ice Pick Killer' During Texas Execution: It 'Hurts'

Serial rapist and murderer Danny Bible, 66, lost his last-ditch appeal to Supreme Court

(Newser) - A serial rapist and murderer known as the "ice pick killer" received a lethal injection in Texas Wednesday evening after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal. Danny Bible, accused of at least four slayings and nine rapes, had sought to delay the execution by arguing that he was too... More »

Malaysia Sentences Aussie Grandma to Death by Hanging

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was found to be carrying meth in her luggage in 2014

(Newser) - A 54-year-old Australian grandmother who was acquitted of drug trafficking charges in December has just seen the tables turn. The ruling was overturned on appeal, and a Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced her to death, with the head of a three-judge panel saying "you are convicted and will suffer... More »

Social Media Campaign May Have Worked for Political Prisoner

Iranian man's execution has been delayed

(Newser) - A social media campaign apparently worked to delay the execution of a prisoner in Iran: After nearly 230,000 mentions of his name on Twitter in 48 hours, Ramin Hossein-Panahi's execution, originally scheduled for Thursday, was delayed and he was moved from solitary confinement to the general prison population,... More »

In First 4 Months of the Year, Saudi Arabia Beheaded 48

And half of those people were charged with non-violent drug crimes

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch is calling on Saudi Arabia to fix its "notoriously unfair criminal justice system" after revealing that over the past four months, 48 people have been executed in the country. Half of those people were put to death over non-violent drug charges, the group says. Rights experts... More »

83-Year-Old Has No Words as Alabama Executes Him

Walter Moody killed 2 with mail bombs

(Newser) - An Alabama inmate convicted of the mail-bomb slaying of a federal judge during a wave of Southern terror in 1989 was executed by lethal injection Thursday, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the US in modern times. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 83, was pronounced dead at 8:42pm... More »

Man Who Walked Out of Execution Chamber Alive Won't Return to It

Doyle Lee Hamm's legal team says a settlement has been reached with the state

(Newser) - Last month, Doyle Lee Hamm walked out of an Alabama execution chamber alive. On Tuesday, the inmate's legal team said a private settlement had been reached to ensure the state won't try to execute Hamm again. Hamm, sentenced to death for killing a motel clerk during a 1987... More »

In Japan, Signs Suggest Mass Execution Might Occur

Japan sentenced 13 Aum Shinrikyo members to die for sarin, other attacks

(Newser) - Japan may be readying itself for a mass hanging. The Guardian reports that signs suggest the long-awaited executions of the doomsday cult members behind the infamous 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway may soon come to pass. The two big indications: It reports the country typically holds... More »

Lawyer: Rare Condition Could Make Execution 'Gruesome'

She says Missouri inmate could choke on blood

(Newser) - A condemned Missouri inmate faces a potentially "gruesome and painful" execution because of a rare medical condition that compromises the man's veins and causes multiple tumors in his head and throat, his attorney says. Russell "Rusty" Bucklew is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday evening for killing... More »

Georgia Executes 'Stocking Strangler'

Prosecutors say Carlton Gary raped, killed 7 elderly women

(Newser) - A man known as the "Stocking Strangler" was executed Thursday for the rape-slayings of three older women in attacks that terrorized a Georgia city four decades ago. Carlton Gary, 67, was put to death by lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. He was the first inmate executed... More »

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