The execution of Charles Dean Hood, scheduled for September 10, has been stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The stay was not based on the highly publicized allegations that Hood's trial judge and prosecutor were involved romantically during the time of his trial, but was in response to a challenge that his jury was given flawed instructions. News accounts have also reported that, in their reprieve request to Texas Governor Rick Perry, Hood's attorneys stated that the former judge and prosecutor in question admitted to the affair under oath earlier this week in a separate civil proceeding. Thanks to all who took action on his behalf!
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Urgent Action Update: Ten Men Sentenced To Death And Life Imprisonment (Bahrain: UA 47/15)
A Bahraini court of appeal upheld the death sentences against three Bahraini men, the life sentences against seven others and the revocation of the nationality of eight of them on 4 December after an unfair retrial in relation to the killing of three policemen in March 2014. On 17 October the Court of Cassation had overturned the three death sentences and ordered the retrial.
Amnesty International is concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Native American who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.
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