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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…

Iran: 18-year-old boy hanged in public

Public hanging of an 18-year-old boy
in Ghaemshahr, Iran, Sept. 14, 2013
Iran Human Rights, September 14: An 18-year-old boy was hanged in public in the town of Ghaemshahr (northern Iran) this morning.

According to the state run Iranian news agencies the 18-year-old boy was identified as Erfan Gholinejad and was convicted of a rape committed in April 2013. He was arrested in June 2013 according to the reports.

Depending on Erfan’s exact date of birth, there is a possibility that he was under 18 years of age at the time of committing the alleged crime. Iran Human Rights is currently investigating this matter.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 14, 2013

Photos of the execution (Warning: Graphic Content) - Source: HRA News














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