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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…

Kuwait sentences two to death for spying for Iran regime

Double execution by hanging in Kuwait in June 2013
Double execution by hanging in Kuwait in June 2013
A Kuwaiti court sentenced two men accused of spying for Iran and Hezbollah to death on Tuesday.

An Iranian national and a Kuwaiti citizen were found guilty of intelligence links with the Iranian regime and its proxy Lebanese group Hezbollah. 

The Iranian national was convicted in absentia, but the other was in court.

According to the case documents, 25 Kuwaiti and Iranian suspects were put on trial for intelligence links with the regime in Iran and Hezbollah, and for possessing weapons and explosives. They were arrested in August.

The case also included the possession of weapons. 

Other suspects were given sentences ranging from five to 25 years, and three were found innocent.

The court said the Kuwaiti man masterminded the plot targeting Kuwait, used weapons and recruited 14 others.

The court also sentenced one defendant to life in jail, 15 others to 15 years and one to five years, Kuwaiti news site Al Aan reported.

The verdicts come amid deep tensions between Tehran and Arab countries after Iranian regime’s agents on January 2 torched Saudi Arabian diplomatic missions in Iran.

Source: NCRI, January 12, 2016

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