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FLORIDA (USA): SUPREME COURT OVERTURNED THREE DEATH SENTENCES

January 19, 2017: The Florida Supreme Court overturned three death sentences, but upheld the death sentence for one other under its Dec. 22, 2016 decisions declaring that death sentences imposed in cases in which juries had not voted unanimously for death violated the state' and federal constitutions.
In cases in which three jurors had voted for life, the court granted new sentencing trials to Lancelot Armstrong (53, Black) and Donald Otis Williams (56, White).
It also granted a new penalty trial to William Kopsho (63, White), in whose case two jurors in 2009 had voted for life.
However, it upheld the death sentence imposed on Louis Gaskin (49, Black) after four of his jurors had voted for life, saying his sentence had already become final before 2002, when the U.S. Supreme Court had declared the constitutional right to have a jury decide all facts necessary to impose a death sentence.
Courts will empanel new juries to decide how to sentence each of these men, though they will not determine whether they are guilty, as their first-degree murder convictions have not been overturned.
By demanding new sentencing hearings in these cases, the court is putting into practice a Dec. 22 ruling that could lead to life sentences for some of the 200-plus death-row prisoners whose cases were finalized after a key U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June 2002. It's likely similar decisions will continue to trickle out of the court in the coming months. (Source: DPIC, 19/01/2017)

JORDAN: COURT OF CASSATION APPROVES DEATH SENTENCE OF AUTHOR’S KILLER
IRAQ: SYRIAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR FINANCING ISLAMIC STATE
KENYA: NAKURU COUSINS TO HANG FOR SH300 ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE
MISSOURI (USA): MARK CHRISTESON EXECUTED
BANGLADESH: TWO GET DEATH, 12 GET LIFE OVER BARGUNA FISHERMEN MURDERS
MALAYSIA: MAN SENT TO GALLOWS OVER DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGE
TEXAS (USA): TERRY EDWARDS EXECUTED
IRAN: FOUR PRISONERS HANGED ON DRUG CHARGES
BANGLADESH: 4 GET DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING RANGPUR BUSINESSMAN
IRAQ: TWO ISIL MILITANTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
KUWAIT: ROYAL FAMILY MEMBER AMONG SEVEN HANGED
GAZA: TWO NEW DEATH SENTENCES
BANGLADESH: MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING TWO IN CHUADANGA
AFGHANISTAN: TWO EMPLOYEES OF DEFENSE MINISTRY SENTENCED TO DEATH
NIGERIA: COURT SENTENCES MAN TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR ROBBERY
UAE: DUBAI COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE FOR OBAIDA'S KILLER
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS INCLUDING A DISABLED MAN HANGED
INDIA: BANGAON COURT GIVES DEATH SENTENCES TO 3 TERRORISTS
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS HANGED ON DRUG CHARGES
IRAQ: 31 CONVICTS EXECUTED FOR SPEICHER'S MASSACRE
INDIA: 3 YOUTHS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN HARYANA FOR GANGRAPE, MURDER OF 9-YEAR-OLD
DELAWARE (USA): ISAIAH MCCOY EXONERATED FROM DEATH ROW
IRAN: NINE PRISONERS HANGED ON DRUG CHARGES
PAKISTAN: 2 ACCUSED AWARDED DEATH SENTENCE, 2 ACQUITTED
TEXAS (USA): ALL CHARGES AGAINST JERRY HARTFIELD DISMISSED
EGYPT: 35 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBERSHIP
VIRGINIA (USA): RICKY GRAY EXECUTED
BANGLADESH: THAKURGAON MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING FATHER
IRAN: FIVE EXECUTED, INCLUDING 2 AFGHAN NATIONALS
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