Year
How to use the database
HANDS OFF CAIN’S 2015 REPORT
The worldwide situation (as of 30 June 2016)
EXECUTIONS IN 2014
EXECUTIONS IN 2015 (as of 30 June)
The most important facts of 2015 (and the first six months of 2016)
ADDRESS of Pope Francis
THE SMILING FACE OF THE MULLAHS
ANALYSIS OF THE 2015 REPORT DATA AND OBJECTIVES OF HANDS OFF CAIN
Reportage by Sergio D'Elia
Reportage by Marco Perduca
"THE ABOLITIONIST OF THE YEAR 2015” AWARD
Protocol of understanding between NTC and CNF
Dossier on death penalty and homosexuality
Final declaration of the Cairo workshop
Goals
Achievements
GENERAL MOTION OF THE FIFTH CONGRESS OF HOC
RESOLUTION OF THE KIGALI CONFERENCE
U.N. RESOLUTION 2014

U.N. RESOLUTION 2012
U.N. RESOLUTION 2010

REPORT ON THE 2ND ANNUAL EU FORUM ON THE DEATH PENALTY IN ZAMBIA

Videos

DECLARATION OF LIBREVILLE

Publications
Hands Off Cain Headquarters
U.N. RESOLUTION 2008

U.N. RESOLUTION 2007

Appeal To The United Nations
Board of Directors

LETHAL TRADE DOSSIER
2014 FREETOWN CONFERENCE Final Declaration
THE COTONOU DECLARATION 2014
DOSSIER IRAQ 2003

DOSSIER ON MORATORIUM
DOSSIER IRAQ 2012

DOSSIER USA 2011

NOBEL LAUREATES APPEAL
Bulletin Board
Sign up
Join appeal
Newsletter
Our Publications

USA - Matthew Reeves (AL)
USA - Matthew Reeves (AL)
USA - Alabama. Matthew Reeveswas executed on January 27

January 27, 2022:

Matthew Reeves, 43, Black, was executed on January 27. He was pronounced dead at 9:24 p.m. CST.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday evening tossed out a decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had ruled Wednesday that a district judge didn’t abuse his discretion in ruling that the state couldn’t execute Reeves by any method other than nitrogen hypoxia, which has never been used. The Supreme Court voted 5-4. Reeves was executed at Alabama's Holman prison less than two hours later.
The lower court had agreed to block the execution because Reeves sought to be executed by an alternate method: nitrogen gas. But the justices granted Alabama's request to reinstate the execution in an after-hours order Thursday.
Reeves was convicted of capital murder in 1998 for the Nov. 27, 1996 killing of Willie Johnson during a robbery.
After the dying man was robbed of $360, Reeves, then 18, went to a party where he danced and mimicked Johnson’s death convulsions, authorities said. A witness said Reeves’ hands were still stained with blood at the celebration, a court ruling said.
While courts have upheld Reeves’ conviction, the last-minute fight by his lawyers seeking to stop the execution involved his intellect, his rights under federal disability law and how the state planned to kill him.
Jon Palombi, an attorney representing Reeves, called the Supreme Court's decision "disheartening and disappointing," writing in a statement that "the immense authority of the Supreme Court should be used to protect citizens, not to strip them of their rights without explanation."
"Matthew Reeves is unquestionably intellectually disabled and unquestionably functionally illiterate," the statement said. "The State’s own expert measured Mr. Reeves’ IQ as 68, well below the cut-off to determine mental disability.  Because of his limitations, Mr. Reeves could not read or understand a written form provided to him by the State, requiring him to choose his method of execution."
In 2018, Alabama death row inmates had a chance to sign a form choosing either lethal injection or nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method after legislators approved the use of nitrogen. But Reeves was among the inmates who didn’t fill out the form stating a preference.
Alabama switched from the electric chair to lethal injection after 2002, and in 2018 legislators approved the use of another method, nitrogen hypoxia, amid defense challenges to injections and shortages of chemicals needed for the procedure. The new method would cause death by replacing oxygen that the inmate breathes with nitrogen.
A poor reader and intellectually disabled, Reeves asn’t capable of making such a decision without assistance that should have been provided under the American With Disabilities Act, his lawyers argued. A prison worker who gave Reeves a form didn't offer aid to help him understand, they said.
Last June, prisoners on death row were marched out of their cells and into the prison yard at Alabama’s William C. Holman Correctional Facility.
There they heard a surprising presentation. They were told that they could take advantage of a law enacted in March, 2018 authorizing nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method. They could thus choose the method the state would use to kill them.
If they wanted to opt for nitrogen hypoxia, they had to inform the prison warden “in writing.”
Last week Alabama announced that it expects to be able to start executing the death row inmates who chose nitrogen suffocation “within months.”
On the June day when Reeves was offered his choice, it was not clear whether officials were in fact required even to notify the people on death row about their right to opt out of dying by lethal injection.
Nevertheless, Cynthia Stewart, the Holman warden, did so anyway. She ordered that each death row inmate be given a form to indicate their preferred execution method. If they did not fill out or return it, they would waive the choice of nitrogen hypoxia.
Death row inmates were told they had 5 days to return the request form if they wanted to avoid execution by lethal injection. But the form they were given was almost incomprehensible because of its dense legalese.
Because of his intellectual disability, Reeves did not understand what he was being asked to do. He ultimately sued, claiming that the state had failed to discharge its duty to provide a reasonable accommodation for him under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
With Reeves contending he would have chosen nitrogen hypoxia over a “torturous” lethal injection had he comprehended the form, the defense filed suit asking a court to halt the lethal injection. U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. blocked execution plans, ruling that Reeves had a good chance of winning the claim under the disabilities law. The state had previously asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a lower court injunction and allow the execution, but the panel on Wednesday had refused. Alabama then appealed that decision, sending the case to the nation's highest court.
A defense expert concluded Reeves had a first grade reading level and the language competency of someone as young as 4, but the state disagreed that Reeves had a disability that would prevent him from understanding his options.
Reeves becomes the 1st condemned inmate to be put to death this year in Alabama and the 69th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1983.
Reeves becomes the 2nd condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA, and the 1,542nd overall since the nation resumed executions on Jan. 17, 1977.

Man executed for 1996 killing after Supreme Court clears way | AP News

Alabama executes Matthew Reeves after U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay (montgomeryadvertiser.com)

(Sources: Associated Press & Rick Halperin)

USA - Tennessee. Pervis Payne Resentenced to Concurrent Life Terms
DRC: 51 SENTENCED TO DEATH IN MURDER OF UN EXPERTS BY A MILITARY COURT
EGYPT: 10 SENTENCED TO DEATH ON CHARGES OF PLANNING ATTACKS
IRAN - Mohammadreza Afaridoun executed in Zahedan on January 30
IRAN - Mehrdad Karimpou and Farid Mohammadi executed in Maragheh on January 30
MYANMAR: MORE THAN 100 SENTENCED TO DEATH IN YANGON SINCE COUP
IRAN - Nasser Sohrabzehi Executed in Zahedan
IRAN - Hossein Kaveh executed in Rasht Prison on January 29
INDIA: BIHAR POSCO COURT SENTENCES MAN TO DEATH FOR RAPE OF SIX-YEAR-OLD
USA - Alabama. Cory Maples’ death sentenced tossed out
IRAN - Mir Soltan Amiri executed in Urmia on January 27
USA - Oklahoma. Donald Anthony Grant, 46, Black, was executed
USA - Capital Punishment, 2020 Statistics
PAKISTAN: KARACHI MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN WIFE’S MURDER CASE
PAKISTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING WIFE, THREE CHILDREN
IRAN - Brothers Yasser and Younes Nourizadeh Receive Death Penalty
BANGLADESH: MAN GETS DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDER AFTER RAPE
IRAN - Mohammad Ghaneh and Akbar... executed in Shiraz on January 26
KENYA: MAN WHO VIOLENTLY STOLE PHONES, CASH SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAN - Iran-HRM year end report
IRAN - Qarchak Prison, a Nightmare for Women Prisoners
BANGLADESH: 5 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING WOMAN IN MADARIPUR
MYANMAR: TWO PROMINENT ACTIVISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
NIGERIA: BENUE STATE GOVERNOR ORTOM GRANTS AMNESTY TO 50 CONVICTS
IRAN - Narges Mohammadi sentenced to eight years imprisonment and 70 lashes
PAPUA NEW GUINEA REPEALS DEATH PENALTY 30 YEARS AFTER REINTRODUCING IT
INDIA: TWO SISTERS ON DEATH ROW SPARED THE NOOSE BY BOMBAY HC
PAKISTAN: WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TEXTING CARICATURES OF PROPHET
UAE: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR DRUG ADDICT ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS FATHER WITH 36 STAB WOUNDS
IRAN - Edris Gomshad-Zehi executed in Zahedan Prison on January 20

1 2 3 [Succ >>]
2022
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
  2021
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2020
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2019
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2018
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
 
2017
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2016
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2015
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2014
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2013
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2012
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
 
2011
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2010
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2009
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2008
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2007
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2006
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
 
2005
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
  2004
january
february
march
april
may
june
july
august
september
october
november
december
 
IRAN - Wife of Djalali pleads for EU action
  IRAN - Hands off Cain Year End Report: At least 284 executions in 2020  
  IRAN: HANDS OFF CAIN, THE HANGING OF THE PROTESTER MOSTAFA SALEHI IS A SHAME FOR THE SO-CALLED DEMOCRATIC WORLD   
  USA: ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’, BUT IS IT ONLY RACISM?  
  IRAN. HANDS OFF CAIN, REDUCTION OF DRUG EXECUTIONS BUT NUMBERS REMAIN WORRISOME  
  HUMAN RIGHTS: DEMONSTRATION OF THE RADICAL PARTY BEFORE IRANIAN EMBASSY 14 FEBRUARY  
news
-
latest actions
-
data base
-
actions
-
who we are
-
registered users
-
credits