May 15, 2020

IDPN 2020 Issue 20

China: The top court in China, the Supreme People’s Court, has announced that all courts should continue giving timely and harsh punishments with “zero tolerance,” to those who harm medical workers. China is working to protect those who work in the healthcare industry, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.



Israel: Protests were held in Tel Aviv advocating for the use of the death penalty in the nation’s fight against terror. The protest occurred following the death of a soldier who was killed when he was struck on the head with a rock. The protesters were calling for changes in protocol for fighting, including opening fire on enemy targets, demolishing the homes of terrorists, and deporting the families of terrorists.



North Korea: A public execution has been carried out in Chagang Province. The head of a local forest management office was executed by firing squad for removing saplings from state-owned land, and planting corn. His actions of removing the saplings went against an order from Leader King Jong Un, to “reforest” the nation. The man’s family and friends were forced to watch the execution with showing emotion. Local school students, ages 15 and up, also attend the execution, along with other locals.



United States of America: On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Randall Mays was scheduled to be executed in the state of Texas. His execution has been stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals over concerns regarding his intellectual disability claim. According to Randall’s attorneys, Randall suffers from delusions and does not understand why he is to be executed. Randall is convicted of murdering 61-year-old, Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Price Ogburn and 63-year-old Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Paul Steven Habelt on May 17, 2007, in Payne Springs, Texas.

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Warren Henness was scheduled to be executed in the state of Ohio. His execution has been rescheduled to January 12, 2022.  Fifty-six-year-old Warren was convicted of the robbery and murder of 51-year-old Richard Myers in Columbus, Ohio, on March 20, 1992. 

Prosecutors in Montana have filed paperwork to seek the death penalty against Patricia Batts, who is accused of murdering her 12-year-old grandson, Alex Hurley in February 2020. Patrica is accused of torturing him to death. James Sasser, Jr., James Sasser III, and Madison Sasser have also all been arrested in connection with Alex’s torture and death. Sasser, Jr., Alex’s grandfather, is not accused of having a large role in the torture, and 18-year-old Madison, Alex’s aunt, has been charged with negligent homicide. Prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty against 14-year-old Sasser III, Alex’s uncle, because of his age, however, it is still being decided if Sasser III will be charged as an adult or juvenile.

The California Supreme Court has upheld the death sentenced of Alfred Flores, III. Flores was sentenced to death in 2001, for the murder of three teenage boys, Torres, Ayala, and Van Kleef. The three boys had been recruited to a join the El Monte Trece gang, however Torres failed to show at his initiation ceremony, angering and “disappointing” Flores. Van Kleef was killed because he witnessed Torres murder, and Ayala was killed because Flores worked that Ayala would impacted Flores in the murder of Torres. Flores had appealed his case to the California Supreme Court, which rejected the appeal. Flores was arguing many points, including that there was prosecutorial misconduct during his trial, that evidence was destroyed which could have been beneficial to Flores, and that there were issues with the jury selection.

Forty-nine-year-old Adam Slater could face the death penalty in California if convicted of the kidnapping and murder of his one-year-old daughter, and then threw her into a ravine. Slater is also accused of stabbing his wife, while kidnapping the child and fleeing in a car. Slater crashed his car, and stabbed a bystander who attempted to free the child. Slater then fled on foot, throwing the child into a ravine. The child did not survive. Slater, a registered sex offender, is currently in custody. He previously served two years in prison.



Vietnam: A request to reinvestigate the robbery and murder of two female post officer workers has been rejected by the Supreme Court. Ho Due Hai was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death for the 2008 murder in Long An province. Hai’s lawyers made the request, arguing there were several shortcoming in the initial trial, and that Hai was innocent of the crime. Now, Hai’s supports are asking the government to step in and order another investigation.

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