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What Year Is It? Iranian Woman Spared Death by Stoning

International pressure may have saved the life of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning. After 11 years behind bars for committing adultery, Mokarrameh Ebrahimi has been freed. Her partner, Jafar Kiani, was stoned to death in July 2007, causing an international uproar. Though the official reason for her release is unclear, human and women rights campaigns surely had an impact.

Article 102 of the Iranian penal code details the stoning sentence. Men should be buried up to their waists and women up to their breasts while being stoned. Ms. Ebrahimi would have been the first official stoning since 2002.

International pressure doesn't just save the lives of criminals in Iran. Often, countries refuse to extradite suspects to the US, unless authorities agree not to seek the death penalty. Recently, Brazil agreed to extradite a Colombian drug lord to the US, only after receiving a guarantee that the US would not to impose execution.

I wonder if the American reaction to Iranian stoning, mirrors the way other Western countries react to the US executions. Do you think these actions, which raise international human rights concerns, are comparable?

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remedios remedios 7 years
plus I hear prisons are these cozy places to hang out for a while, so I was thinking of robbing a bank.. I mean.. this grocery bill is killing me!
remedios remedios 7 years
well considering the view here in the states of some conservatives, I'm surprised there aren't more fans. I mean, they're asking for it, aren't they? sinners!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
What is the benefit of having the death penalty sentence over the life imprisonment sentence in even the most extreme cases? Does it somehow alleviate the pain already inflicted in any way? The murder rates in states with the death penalty are consistently higher than the rates of those states without the death penalty, so it's not like it will deter any other nutjobs from going on a killing spree. That's a disheartening story about the juror! :( So many horror stories... I wish people sitting on a jury would understand the importance of their role in that courtroom - someone's life is going to be affected in a major way by their decision.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I do agree with what most of you are saying about the death penalty, I just have a hard time seeing how it's not justified in THE MOST EXTREME CASES. I definitely don't think it should be used in your "average" murder case (if there is such a thing).And, you're so right; the majority of the U.S. does not understand the legal system. Example:There was a notorious case in Ohio where a man supposedly killed his wife. He was tried two times with hung juries both times. At his third trial, he was acquitted. After the third trial, they interviewed a juror on the news and the juror said, and I quote, "I thought he did it, but it's OK, they'll get him next time." Um, hello! There is no next time! I really think that when you are selected as a juror, someone from the legal system should have to meet with you to make sure you really understand the proceedings. I know it would take a lot of time and money, but it's important that everyone understand what's going on!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I do agree with what most of you are saying about the death penalty, I just have a hard time seeing how it's not justified in THE MOST EXTREME CASES. I definitely don't think it should be used in your "average" murder case (if there is such a thing). And, you're so right; the majority of the U.S. does not understand the legal system. Example: There was a notorious case in Ohio where a man supposedly killed his wife. He was tried two times with hung juries both times. At his third trial, he was acquitted. After the third trial, they interviewed a juror on the news and the juror said, and I quote, "I thought he did it, but it's OK, they'll get him next time." Um, hello! There is no next time! I really think that when you are selected as a juror, someone from the legal system should have to meet with you to make sure you really understand the proceedings. I know it would take a lot of time and money, but it's important that everyone understand what's going on!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
I agree, ErieIndiana. I've experienced first-hand in my family what can happen when being tried by a jury of your "peers." Most people don't understand the legal system in America and aren't aware of the tactics that can be used. Human beings are fallible, EXTREMELY fallible human beings. Juries are often swayed by a lot of flash and drama by lawyers, even in the face of powerful evidence to the contrary. Policemen bungle evidence all the time. Even if that person did commit the crime, you cannot refuse to take into account the circumstances that led up to the crime. Executing the mentally ill is considered unjust by most in our legal system. But how can we REALLY know? We don't! I'm not saying that people should not be held accountable for crimes they commit. To strip someone of their liberty indefinitely (life imprisonment) is not a light sentence... If something new comes to light, you can always give someone back their liberty. You cannot give someone back their life once you've taken it away.
ErieIndiana ErieIndiana 7 years
As someone who is from Oklahoma City and experienced loss from the bombings, sure McVeigh admitted to the crime... but I don't think that jurors who are capable of HUMAN ERROR in judgement and reason should decide someone else's life or death when that is what the original crime was a la pequena. I didn't want McVeigh to die - death is not the solution. And stoning is inhumane.
pequeña pequeña 7 years
From my point of view, and I'm european, death penalty is death penalty. Of course is not the same to stone someone than to give an injection, the method is very different and so the degree of cruelty, but in both cases the person ends up dead. When we see that in Iran they stone people to death we think "they're savages!" but isn't it killing someone also a savage act, no matter how you do it? I don't get how can you punish someone for murder by doing exactly the same thing. We are disscussing the same issues that people did during the Enlightenment.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Very true zeze about the corruption. Those we entrust with the power to protect us sometimes get a God complex. I have no second thoughts of reminding a police officer that they work for me not the other way around. I have found that once law inforcment authorities know that you know your game they won't go there but if they think your ignorant of your rights you are leaving yourself open for manipulation and sadly it happens often.
zeze zeze 7 years
Great point Hypnoticmix - punishment by death fuels one thing - our retributivist needs. As a society we need to punish people for what they do to harm us, when they make us suffer we need to make them suffer - all the evidence shows this. I'd also like to add 2 points: - when I say the death penalty and stoning are basically the same, I mean the punishment, not the crimes they are handed out for, b/c there are definitely countries out there who have a quick trigger. -Another thing useful to remember is how corrupt this system is, there are plenty of cases where evidence is planted, people are set up, and representation and money are sub par - so no matter how "fair" a trial might look, it is not really a sure thing, and it should be too much to kill someone based on such a flawed system.
zeze zeze 7 years
Great point Hypnoticmix - punishment by death fuels one thing - our retributivist needs.As a society we need to punish people for what they do to harm us, when they make us suffer we need to make them suffer - all the evidence shows this.I'd also like to add 2 points: - when I say the death penalty and stoning are basically the same, I mean the punishment, not the crimes they are handed out for, b/c there are definitely countries out there who have a quick trigger.-Another thing useful to remember is how corrupt this system is, there are plenty of cases where evidence is planted, people are set up, and representation and money are sub par - so no matter how "fair" a trial might look, it is not really a sure thing, and it should be too much to kill someone based on such a flawed system.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Well I hope we can all agree whether we're for or against the death penalty that its intent as a deterrent is pointless as many studies have shown. It also in my opinion attempts to attack the tail end of a problem, which is ass backwards. For at least the past three decades studies have shown that education is the best deterrent of crime yet we as a nation we still allow our representatives to get away with not fully funding education. This is everyone's responsibility I'm not going to point the finger at any President, group or individual. We've all got to own up on this one.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Well I hope we can all agree whether we're for or against the death penalty that its intent as a deterrent is pointless as many studies have shown. It also in my opinion attempts to attack the tail end of a problem, which is ass backwards. For at least the past three decades studies have shown that education is the best deterrent of crime yet we as a nation we still allow our representatives to get away with not fully funding education. This is everyone's responsibility I'm not going to point the finger at any President, group or individual. We've all got to own up on this one.
zeze zeze 7 years
To me, the only difference is we feel less guilty about giving someone the death penalty - it sounds like a fine or a time out, add to it that its not public, its "scientific" and it's associated with "fair trials" and not ancient savages.End of the day, we are still putting to death people who we feel deserve it, same result, similar questionable evidence. Our system just helps us sleep better at night.
zeze zeze 7 years
To me, the only difference is we feel less guilty about giving someone the death penalty - it sounds like a fine or a time out, add to it that its not public, its "scientific" and it's associated with "fair trials" and not ancient savages. End of the day, we are still putting to death people who we feel deserve it, same result, similar questionable evidence. Our system just helps us sleep better at night.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I mean, like I stated, I personally am morally opposed to the death penalty, but that doesn't really have any legal bearing on what the law should be.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
It is possible for someone to admit to a crime they didn't commit, but it is extremely, extremely unlikely (if not impossible) for that person to lie that many times about it to as many psychiatrists/trained professionals as they would see before receiving a lethal injection for as long as they would have to without someone figuring out they were lying.But OK, let's go with that it's still possible that they are lying. Let's use this scenario then:Someone walks into a building, shoots 20 people, 50 people clearly see the person's face, then the person immediately surrenders to police. Obviously this person committed the crime. There is really no room in that to say that the person might be innocent.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
It is possible for someone to admit to a crime they didn't commit, but it is extremely, extremely unlikely (if not impossible) for that person to lie that many times about it to as many psychiatrists/trained professionals as they would see before receiving a lethal injection for as long as they would have to without someone figuring out they were lying. But OK, let's go with that it's still possible that they are lying. Let's use this scenario then: Someone walks into a building, shoots 20 people, 50 people clearly see the person's face, then the person immediately surrenders to police. Obviously this person committed the crime. There is really no room in that to say that the person might be innocent.
rpenner rpenner 7 years
besides, i'd rather someone rot in jail for the rest of their life.
rpenner rpenner 7 years
i think they are comparable. either way, a person is being killed for a crime they may or may not have committed. granted the severity of the crime differs, and that does count for something, that does make them differ, but they are still comparable.hypnotix, i'm with you on this one wholeheartedly. and i don't think lilkimbo necessarily poked a hole in your logic. and freegrace stated one reason why.
rpenner rpenner 7 years
i think they are comparable. either way, a person is being killed for a crime they may or may not have committed. granted the severity of the crime differs, and that does count for something, that does make them differ, but they are still comparable. hypnotix, i'm with you on this one wholeheartedly. and i don't think lilkimbo necessarily poked a hole in your logic. and freegrace stated one reason why.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
What about the possibility of someone admitting guilt to a crime they didn't actually commit? It's happened before! I doubt that's the case with McVeigh, but then again, I don't really know...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I do understand what you are saying, though, hypnoticmix, in reference to most cases, just not all.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Well on a very personal level I am as a matter of faith against the death penalty. However, I think it is much easier to use practicality and logic rather than faith to challenge the matter. But good job in poking a hole in my logic, lilkimbo. Looks like hypnotic needs to go back to the drawing board. LOL! Keeps me on top of my game.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I mean, I am personally against the death penalty on moral grounds, but think the legal issue is different.
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