Monday, June 04, 2018

Execution in old age

Thailand exempts those aged ? and over from being executed.
Not so in "The Land of the Free", the USA!

United States – Execution of the oldest prisoner since reintroduction of capital punishment
Walter Moody, an 83-year-old death penalty prisoner, was executed by lethal injection in the American state of Alabama for a crime he committed 30 years ago. He was the 8th death penalty prisoner aged over 65 to be executed in the United States since 2015 and he was the oldest death penalty prisoner to be executed since the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1976. 

                                         Meanwhile in the land of the not so free: 

65 years old Chinese farmer escapes execution after killing his neighbour and dismembering corpse

Beijing: Judge defends decision, saying executions to be carried out immediately will only be ordered in the most extreme circumstances or if there is a grave threat to public security

But the court suspended the sentence for two years, which meant he would be spared from execution as the penalty is usually downgraded to a life sentence automatically at the end of the suspension period.

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