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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
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That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

Libya: ISIS militants execute three for stealing and flog four for drinking alcohol

Wild dogs. Sirte, Libya, January 21, 2016. (Terrormonitor.og on Twitter)
January 21, 2016: ISIS militants in the Libyan town of Sirte have executed at least three men and whipped another for drinking alcohol, according to a 'photo report', published by the terror group.

Published on an anonymous content sharing website, it shows the deaths of three men and the whipping of four others.

In one photo a man in a grey t-shirt, his face blurred, is led to his death - the caption says he was executed for the sin of 'banditry'.

According to the 'report', the other men were executed for converting from Islam, for cursing god and for belonging to a militia loyal to Khalifa Haftar, the UN-backed government general deeply hostile to Islamist forces - both the self-appointed government in Tripoli and ISIS.

The post is entitled 'Implementing punishment in the city of Sirte' and links to ISIS-related hashtags in Arabic.

In the seven photos that follow, each is captioned with the sin the men are accused of committing and their punishment.

A crowd of masked men stand to watch as the punishments are carried out - a mixture of executions and whipping.

One photo shows a group of four of the accused on their knees in front of a crowd of masked men, as their 'sentence' is read out - the caption declares flogging is the punishment for drinking wine.

ISIS reportedly has 3,000 fighters in Sirte and has imposed the strict rules familiar with residents in their defacto capital in Raqqa, Syria.

Beheadings and crucifixions plague the town, which has been deserted by citizens by the thousands. 

Source: Mailonline, January 21, 2016

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