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Will the Supreme Court Kill The Death Penalty This Term?

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court add the fate of the death penalty to a term already fraught with hot-button issues like partisan gerrymandering, warrantless surveillance, and a host of contentious First Amendment disputes?
That’s the hope of an ambitious Supreme Court petition seeking to abolish the ultimate punishment. But it runs headlong into the fact that only two justices have squarely called for a reexamination of the death penalty’s constitutionality.
Abel Hidalgo challenges Arizona’s capital punishment system—which sweeps too broadly, he says, because the state’s “aggravating factors” make 99 percent of first-degree murderers death-eligible—as well as the death penalty itself, arguing it’s cruel and unusual punishment.
He’s represented by former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal—among the most successful Supreme Court practitioners last term. Hidalgo also has the support of several outside groups who filed amicus briefs on his behalf, notably one from a group including Ari…

11 Prisoners Executed in Central and Northern Iran

Bystanders watch a public hanging in Iran. Some take pictures with their phones.
Bystanders watch a public hanging in Iran. Some take pictures with their phones.
Reports of one execution in central Iran and ten prisoners in the north of the country.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 14 2016): Iran state run media, Ashkezar News, reports on the execution of one prisoner on the morning of Thursday January 14 at Yazd's central prison (central Iran). According to the report, the prisoner, identified as "A.B.", was a Wahhabi.

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, six prisoners were hanged at Orumiyeh's central prison (northern Iran) on murder charges. The executions were reportedly carried out on Wednesday January 13. 

On Tuesday the prisoners had been transferred from their cells to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. 

The prisoners have been identified as Aref Shahindeji, Hossein Ezzataleb, Rahman Ranjbar, Alireza Akbari, Arsalan Badyaneh, and Abdul Wahab Hatami.

According to the human rights group, HRANA, four prisoners were hanged at Karaj's central prison (northern Iran) on drug charges. 

The executions were reportedly carried out on the morning of Tuesday January 12. 

The prisoners have been identified as Seyed Hamid Hajian, Hossein Toutiannoush, Mostafa Jamshidi, and Mohsen Nasiri.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 14, 2016

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