The Indian state is right now in its worst ever killing spree. Putting people mercilessly in the gallows and killing them in cold blood! The secret hanging of Afzal Guru has once again brought to the fore the barbaric practice of death penalty which the Indian state continues with, even after a great majority of countries have abolished it. Death penalty gives the state complete impunity to kill and is the worst form of cold-blooded judicial murder. While 140 countries in the world have abolished death penalty, as per the records of the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB),in India according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, a total of 1,455 convicts or an average of 132.27 convicts per year were sentenced to death penalty during 2001 to 2011. Death penalty, which the Indian state claims that it applies only in the “rarest of rare” case, is in actuality a routine tool in the hand of the ruling classes to browbeat and intimidate the oppressed and struggling masses. It is estimated that the number of those executed after 1947 is over 4,300.
New SCOTUS Decision In Abu-Jamal Case Is Good, But Not Enough
By Mary Shaw
12 October, 2011
On October 11, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from the Philadelphia District Attorney to overturn a federal appeals court decision declaring Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence unconstitutional. Abu-Jamal had been convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
Now, according to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), “Mr. Abu-Jamal will be automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole unless the District Attorney elects to seek another death sentence from a new jury.”
This development is good, but it’s not enough. Continue reading
[The execution last week of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia, despite overwhelming evidence of innocence and the protest of millions worldwide, was a continuation of racist state executions throughout the US. Here, the ongoing demand for posthumous exoneration of a Black child executed in South Carolina in 1944 in an earlier case of historic, and racist, injustice. — Frontlines ed.]
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Wednesday’s scheduled execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis has sparked protests worldwide from Savannah, where Davis was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer 20 years ago, to one planned in Paris.
After four years of legal battles, Wednesday appeared to be the last chance for his supporters and anti-death penalty advocates to rally in an effort to spare his life.
“We’re trying everything we can do, everything under the law,” said Chester Dunham, a Savannah civil rights activist and talk show host.
Davis, 42, was to die by lethal injection for the 1989 slaying of Mark MacPhail, a Savannah officer killed while working off-duty as a security guard. MacPhail was rushing to help a homeless man being attacked when he was shot twice.
Davis has insisted he’s innocent and his pending execution has been stopped three times since 2007. In the process, he’s gained thousands of supporters worldwide.
In Savannah, Dunham was among 16 Davis supporters who gathered outside the Chatham County courthouse Wednesday morning to press District Attorney Larry Chisolm to stop the execution. They delivered three boxes of petitions to the prosecutor’s office, saying they had 240,000 signatures supporting clemency for Davis.
Chisolm has said he’s powerless to override an execution order for Davis signed by a state Superior Court judge. But activists are still pressuring him, insisting he has enough influence to sway Georgia officials to back down from executing Davis.
In Jackson, home to the prison housing Georgia’s death row, the Rev. Al Sharpton planned to lead a prayer rally Wednesday afternoon.
After that, prison officials planned to allow a small group of demonstrators to gather inside the prison’s perimeter fence, just outside the walls, before the scheduled execution at 7 p.m. Eastern. A large crowd was expected to also gather outside.
In Europe, where plans to execute Davis have drawn widespread criticism, lawmakers and activists were making a last-minute appeal to Georgia officials to spare the inmate. Amnesty International and other groups planned a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris later Wednesday.
Renate Wohlwend of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly noted doubts raised about Davis’ conviction. She said that “to carry out this irrevocable act now would be a terrible mistake which could lead to a tragic injustice.”