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TEXAS (USA): ROBERT LADD EXECUTED

January 29, 2015: Robert Ladd, 57, Black, was executed in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.
Ladd was sentenced to death on August 29, 1997 for the September 25, 1996 slaying of 38-year-old Vicki Ann Garner. Ladd came within hours of lethal injection before on April 23, 2003. A federal court agreed to hear evidence about juvenile records that suggested he was mentally impaired.
That appeal was denied and the Supreme Court last year turned down a review of Ladd's case.
His attorneys renewed similar arguments as his new execution date approached. "Ladd's deficits are well documented, debilitating and significant," Brian Stull, a senior staff lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union Capital Punishment Project, told the high court.
Kelli Weaver, a Texas attorney general, reminded the justices in a filing that "each court that has reviewed Ladd's claim has determined that Ladd is not intellectually disabled."
Ladd's lawyers cited a psychiatrist's determination in 1970 that Ladd, then a 13-year-old in custody of the Texas Youth Commission, had an IQ of 67.
Courts have embraced scientific studies that consider an IQ of 70 a threshold for impairment. When he was arrested for Garner's slaying, Ladd had been on parole for about 4 years after serving about a third of a 40-year prison term for the October 25, 1978 slayings of a Dallas woman, Vivian Thompson, and her 2 infant children Latoya and Maurice. He pleaded guilty to those crimes.
Ladd becomes the 2nd inmate to be put to death this year in Texas, the 520th overall since the state resumed capital punishment on December 7, 1982, the 6th to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1400 overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977. (Sources: Associated Press & Rick Halperin, 29/01/2015)

PAKISTAN: COURT GIVES 23 TIMES DEATH PENALTY TO 3 TALIBAN MILITANTS
OHIO (USA): ALL 2015 EXECUTIONS POSTPONED
USA (DELAWARE): RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER 23 YEARS ON DEATH ROW
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS HANGED, ONE OF THEM EXECUTED PUBLICLY FOUR WEEKS AFTER THE ARREST
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE BEHEADINGS ON SAME DAY
INDIA: MUMBAI HIGH COURT COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCE OF SOLAPUR MAN WHO KILLED SON AND NIECE
GEORGIA (USA): WARREN LEE HILL EXECUTED
SAUDI ARABIA: CHILD RAPIST'S BEHEADING IS FIRST EXECUTION UNDER NEW KING
SYRIA: ISIS PUBLICLY BEHEADED A MAN FOR 'INSULTING ALLAH'
IRAN: THREE PRISONERS HANGED IN HAMADAN
IRAN: 19 PRISONERS HANGED IN TWO DAYS
PAKISTAN: SUPERINTENDENT ADIALA JAIL REFUSES TO EXECUTE DEATH ROW CONVICT
EGYPT: 37 DEATH SENTENCES OVERTURNED IN CRITICIZED TRIAL
JAPAN: CABINET OFFICE POLL, 80% OF RESPONDENTS THINK DEATH PENALTY ‘PERMISSIBLE’
KENYA: MAN SENTENCED TO HANG FOR MURDERING COUPLE
SAUDI ARABIA: 3 SRI LANKANS SENTENCED TO DEATH
PAKISTAN: 95% IN FAVOUR DEATH PENALTY AFTER PESHAWAR MASSACRE
MALAYSIA: SOUTH AFRICAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR METH TRAFFICKING
INDIA: ENGINEER SENTENCED TO DEATH
TEXAS (USA): ARNOLD PRIETO EXECUTED
IRAN: THREE PRISONERS HANGED PUBLICLY
SRI LANKA: RATNAPURA HIGH COURT SENTENCES THREE INDIVIDUALS TO DEATH
SOUTHEAST ASIA: UN RIGHTS OFFICE APPEALS FOR HALT IN EXECUTIONS FOR DRUG CRIMES
SAUDI ARABIA: CITIZEN BEHEADED FOR MURDER
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SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI HEROIN SMUGGLER BEHEADED IN MECCA
GAZA: DEATH SENTENCE ISSUED FOR MURDER
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SAUDI ARABIA: THREE MORE BEHEADINGS

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