Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Ex-Boxer in Japan Retrial: 46 Years on Death Row

Shizuoka, Japan – Japanese prosecutors are once again seeking the death penalty for Iwao Hakamada in his retrial. Hakamada, now 88, spent an astonishing 46 years on death row after being convicted of robbery and murder in 1968. Despite his release in 2014, a new trial was ordered due to concerns about possible evidence tampering by investigators. During the retrial in Shizuoka, prosecutors argued that Hakamada’s guilt could be proven “beyond reasonable doubt.” In contrast, …

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Man on Death Row Challenges Conviction Over Removal of Jewish Jurors

Hayward, California – A man convicted of a 1986 murder near the Hayward BART station is challenging his conviction and sentence after it was revealed that the prosecutor removed prospective jurors who were Jewish. This case is the first to go to court following revelations that Alameda County prosecutors had a pattern of removing Jewish and Black jurors from capital cases. The judge ordered a review of the cases after notes from the trial of …

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Three Indian Nationals Charged in Murder of Sikh Separatist Leader in Canada Sparks Diplomatic Row

Toronto, Canada – Three Indian nationals have been arrested and charged with the killing of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada, resulting in a significant diplomatic dispute between the two nations. Nijjar, 45, was fatally shot by masked gunmen in a Vancouver suburb last June, prompting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suggest India’s government may have been involved, sparking vehement denial from Delhi. The arrests of Karan Brar, Kamal Preet Singh, and Karan …

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Lethal Injection Execution of Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate in Idaho Abandoned Due to Failed IV Attempt

Boise, Idaho – One of the longest-serving death row inmates in Idaho narrowly avoided execution after a botched attempt by prison officials to deliver a lethal injection. Thomas Eugene Creech, a convicted murderer linked to multiple killings, was scheduled to be executed at a maximum-security prison in Idaho. However, the execution was abruptly halted when prison staff encountered difficulties in placing the catheter for the lethal injection. Reporters who were allowed to witness the attempted …

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Idaho to Execute Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate, Known as “Tom”

BOISE, Idaho – After almost half a century of providing three daily meals, conducting routine check-ins, and escorting him to medical appointments, Idaho’s prison staff will now face an unprecedented task. They are slated to carry out the execution of Thomas Eugene Creech, a 73-year-old inmate who holds the distinction of being one of the longest-serving death row convicts in the nation. Creech is set to be put to death by lethal injection for the …

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Idaho’s Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate Faces Execution After 50 Years

BOISE, Idaho – After nearly five decades of serving time in Idaho’s Maximum Security Institution, Thomas Eugene Creech is facing a different fate. The 73-year-old, one of the nation’s longest-serving death row inmates, is scheduled for execution by lethal injection this Wednesday for the killing of a fellow prisoner back in 1981. This act was one of the five murders Creech was convicted of in three states, with suspicion of involvement in several more. Behind …

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Alabama Death Row Inmate Suffers Agonizing Execution Experience

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The recent execution of Alabama death row inmate Kenneth Smith has once again raised questions about the use of the death penalty in the United States. Smith, 58, was put to death using the experimental method of nitrogen hypoxia, during which observers noted that he appeared to be in visible agony for an extended period of time. The use of this untested method and the botched nature of Smith’s previous execution attempts …

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Louisiana Considers Resuming Death Row Executions After Review

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana may be gearing up to resume carrying out executions on death row after a hiatus of nearly 18 months. The state corrections department has created a new execution protocol that would allow the use of a single drug, pentobarbital, in deadly injections. This move comes as the state faces legal challenges regarding the drugs it previously used in executions. If the new protocol is approved, Louisiana could potentially resume executions …

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Supreme Court to Hear Long-Running Appeal of Oklahoma Death Row Inmate

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will review the ongoing appeal of Richard Glossip, a death row inmate in Oklahoma whose execution was halted by the justices last year. The decision to delay Glossip’s execution came after the state’s Republican attorney general informed the court of prosecutorial misconduct in the case, making his death “unthinkable.” Glossip’s case has received widespread national and international attention due to bipartisan support …

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Pardons and Parole Commission Holds Commutation Hearing for Idaho’s Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole conducted a commutation hearing for Thomas Creech, the longest-serving man on Idaho’s death row, on Friday. Creech, now 73, has been on death row since 1983 for the beating death of fellow inmate David Jensen in 1981. His defense team asked for life in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than death. The commission granted Creech the commutation hearing in October, which postponed …

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