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USA | Biden frustrates death penalty opponents with Supreme Court request

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Opponents of capital punishment are expressing frustration with the Biden administration’s request this week that the Supreme Court reinstate the death penalty against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Critics see the Department of Justice (DOJ) move as inconsistent with President Biden’s calls on the campaign trail to eliminate capital punishment. Outright repeal of the federal death penalty would require legislation, which is unlikely to clear the current Congress given the deep partisan divide. But advocates say Biden could take steps on his own to curtail executions carried out by the federal government and are renewing calls for him to do just that. “This move from the DOJ contravenes the president’s vow to work with Congress to abolish the federal death penalty,” said Kristina Roth, a senior advocate in Amnesty International USA’s criminal justice program. “Regardless of the Supreme Court's decision in this case, President Biden can, and should, commute all federal de

Iran: Man hanged in Khonj

Khonj execution, Nov. 24, 2013
November 24, 2013. A 32-year-old man was executed in public in Khonj, Iran, over rape and murder charges.

The execution was carried out in presence of the families of the murdered ones and members of Khonj security council.

According to the sentence issued by Khonj revolutionary court and the confirmation of Fars province judiciary and the Supreme Court, the man was sentenced to death for killing 2 persons in 2006.


Abdollah Mohammadi, the head of Khonj judiciary said: "The executed convict had also confessed to raping a woman."

Source: HRNA, November 25, 2013

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