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Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

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In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Man hanged in Iran for murder

Iran Human Rights, January 25: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Ilam yesterday morning reported the state run Iranian news agency Fars.

The prisoner who was not identified by name was convicted of murder and sentenced to Qesas (retribution).

According to the official Iranian sources at least 17 people have been executed in different Iranian cities in the last 9 days.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 25, 2013

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