Capital Punishment

The Immoral Maze of the Death Penalty

Neil Durkin | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Given of course we're already talking about a criminal justice system which effectively says to the accused: you're on trial for your life; if we find you guilty we're going to kill you. Given this - and everything that may go with it (concocted or withheld evidence, highly political cases, bungled trials, disparities between the imposition of a death sentence in one case and not in another almost identical one, and so on and so on), does it even matter which method they use? I'd say no, not really. They're all inhumane in principle. The practice is simply another layer of inhumanity, to a greater or lesser degree.

This Mentally-Ill British Grandfather Is One Of 1000's Of People On Death Row

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

A new report from Amnesty International lays bare the stark reality of capital punishment around the world. A particularly shocking case is that of...

US State Plans To Reinstate 'Wild West-Style' Executions

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK

Utah's state government has voted to resume firing squad executions while the state struggles with a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drug pent...

How the Delhi Rape Has Shaken My View of the Death Penalty

Helen Redding | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK
Helen Redding

Sadly, Leslee Udwin's documentary suggests that Jyoti Singh's condemned rapists weren't going to sit in a prison for the rest of their lives feeling repentant, dwelling on how wrong their behaviour was. There is no punishment in that.

Murderers Don't Execute People, Murderers Murder People.

Rob Atkinson | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Rob Atkinson

Let their cowardly attacks be described with scorn, derision and condemnation. Let's not succour the thugs by appearing to admit some moral compass in their grisly world of terror and intimidation.

Lets Talk About Torture

Jake Warren | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Jake Warren

In December 2014 the long awaited publishing of the CIA Torture Report, on the treatment of detainees between the years of 2001 - 2006 was released. What followed in the immediate aftermath was mostly wide spread condemnation.

Ched Evans and the Double-Edged Sword of Restorative Justice

Calum Miller | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Calum Miller

There is no doubt that rape is a horrible crime. I would not have mentioned murder and terrorism in the same breath otherwise. But there is a lesson to be learnt here, and it is a lesson of double standards.

Ukip MEP Has Finally Said It...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics

An outspoken Ukip MEP has used the 50th anniversary of Britain’s last execution to call for a referendum on the death penalty. Louise Bours, a na...

Do You Believe in the Death Penalty?

Neil Durkin | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Opinion polls already show slowly diminishing US public support for the death penalty and these high-profile horrors are surely tipping the balance still further... Capital punishment is a botched experiment with justice. If you still believe in the death penalty, it's time to change your mind.

There's No Joy in Middle Age

Paul Marshall | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

When you're 50 and above, there's a raft of conditions you're susceptible to. If you're a man, these include prostate cancer, high blood pressure and heart failure. One in five have a fatal coronary before they're 75.

Push Button Death - The Modern Myth of Capital Punishment

Ian Middleton | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Ian Middleton

Execution by whatever method can't ever be free of such unintended consequences, and denying their impact on the death penalty debate merely amplifies the suffering that the original crime began.

Botched Execution Goes Horribly Wrong In Oklahoma

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

An inmate was left writhing in agony after an experimental drug execution went horribly wrong. The execution of Clayton Lockett was dramatically ha...

The Death Penalty and What It Really Means

Kat Hind | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The true significance of the death penalty is as a symbol of man's inability to create a completely peaceful and civilised society. We can blame violent video games and television programmes for the violent crimes that appear in the news every month, but until we abolish a punishment that legally acknowledges violence as a viable means of justice, problems will continue to persist.

The Dark Side of the Planet: Where the Death Penalty Is King

Neil Durkin | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Politicised show trials, error-strewn and near-racist courtrooms, mistakes corrected decades after the fact, ethically indefensible overlaps between judicial and medical protocols, ghoulishly botched attempted executions... all these and more are actually fairly typical of the 21st-century death penalty, not rare aberrations.

GRAPHIC: Horrifying Video Shows Syrian Man Strung Up And Crucified

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK

WARNING, THE IMAGES BELOW ARE GRAPHIC: A shocking video purportedly showing a crucifixion in Syria has surfaced online following a Sharia trial. ...

The World's Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate Has Just Been Released

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

A Japanese prisoner who has been in solitary confinement on death row for more than four decades will now have a retrial to address deep irregularitie...

Man 'To Have His Eyes Gouged Out, Ear And Nose Cut Off After' Acid Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

A man who poured acid over a young girl's face and blinded her, should be sentenced to similar mutilation an Iranian court has ruled. The unnamed I...

'Strangling Has Been My Hobby Since Childhood, I Just Love My Job'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

In a world where many employees bemoan the everyday drudgery of their job, it's nice to know one man loves his occupation. In an interview translat...

Death Penalty For Man Who Killed Toddler In Parking Space Row

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK

A man found guilty of killing a toddler in China in a row over a parking space has been sentenced to death. Han Lei said the killing of the two-yea...

Messed Up

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

The world, especially governments, which come from people as I keep reminding myself, is out of control, and it has been for some time. A friend in a very serious tone recently said to me, "don't worry, God is coming soon."

Capital Punishment: Dying Out but Still Killing

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

It's a loose comparison, but sometimes I think that people who get executed these days are like those killed right at the end of a war. Another day, another month ... and they might survived. I say this because when you look at the figures for capital punishment around the world, you can see there's a strong trend toward abolition.

Counting Down the Years: A Film of Hakamada Iwao's 45 Years on Death Row

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The King Edward's film rather brilliantly deals with Hakamada's case by focusing on what the passage of 45 years "feels like", as captured by the anecdotes of teachers and pupils speaking about notable events in their lives during the years 1968-2012.

Capital Punishment - It's Not the Answer in a Civilised Society

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Atkinson

Capital punishment is no easy answer. It is a barbaric, horrific and out-dated relic, tainted by the nightmare grisly ceremony of the whole process, something incongruous to a modern society and rightly consigned to the dustbin of history. It must never return.

Capital Punishment, If You Hang Someone, They Suffer No More

Gareth Milner | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Milner

If we as a country brought back the death penalty, what of the risk of wrongful convictions? Could you live with the thought of being a juror who ended up sending an innocent man to his death? I certainly couldn't that's for sure.

The World's Largest Opium Supplier, and the Truth Behind Drug Trafficking Death Sentences

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Those in favour of capital punishment point out that if it's so obvious it's worse than life imprisonment, then this harsher consequence should logically be a stronger deterrent to criminals. This is a major justification for the death penalty.