Archive for the ‘Death penalty’ Category

September 30, 2011 1

The Death Row Phenomenon – how long is too long?

By Yaaser Vanderman in Death penalty

For 33 years Manuel Valle had been prison, waiting to be executed. He was 27 when he first entered death row and he was 61 when the State of Florida took his life on Thursday. This case has brought to the fore the death row phenomenon, an aspect of the death penalty too often overlooked, [...]

September 28, 2011 3

Capital Punishment – from idea to reality

By Leon Glenister in Death penalty

Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in the UK The death penalty debate has reared its head yet again after Troy Davies was executed in Georgia last week under a cloud of controversy. This occurred just as the Government has been urged to debate the re-introduction of capital punishment by petitioners on its [...]

September 24, 2011 3

Question Time Review – the death penalty debate

By Yaaser Vanderman in Death penalty

The revival of the capital punishment debate is a truly remarkable example of how society can so easily forget the lessons of history. Where better to rehash the age-old arguments of both sides than Questiontime, and who better to referee it than David Dimbleby. Just to declare an interest, I am against the death penalty. [...]

April 20, 2011 1

The human rights dimension to the death penalty

By Leon Glenister in Death penalty

There is a global trend in abolition of capital punishment. Amnesty state 31 countries have abolished it in the last ten years. Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois, last month signed legislation which abolishes the punishment in the state, with fifteen death sentences being commuted to life imprisonment. In most parts of the world, human rights [...]

January 2, 2011 Off

Book Review: ‘In the Shadow of the Law’ by Kermit Roosevelt

By Leon Glenister in Book reviews, Death penalty

In the Shadow of the Law is slightly different to a traditional legal thriller, hardly surprising since the author is a professor of law rather than a novelist by trade. It does not depend on the main characters to drive the novel forward, rather it is the law that is the main character and the [...]

December 18, 2010 Off

Shivan Orton arrest: reviewing capital punishment in Malaysia

By Law Think in Death penalty

Yesterday British citizen Shivan Orton was arrested in Malaysia after £16 000 worth of drugs were found on a holiday resort she runs, BBC News reports. Possession of such an amount of illegal drugs in Malaysia is a capital offence. Last year, Leon Glenister wrote a short article for the AMICUS Journal on the death [...]

December 29, 2009 Off

The death penalty and the case of Akmal Shaikh

By Leon Glenister in Death penalty

This morning Akmal Shaikh, a British citizen, was executed in China for possession of 4kg of heroin. This has caused a outcry from politicians and citizens alike. This morning the Chinese Ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office to explain the Chinese government’s actions. But why this reaction? What makes this case headline news? Two [...]