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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…

Pakistan Hangs Two Death Row Inmates

January 12, 2016: Two death row convicts were hanged in the jails of Toba Tek Singh and Bahawalpur early morning. 

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to their families after the execution.

According to details, death row prisoner Muhammad Sardar was hanged in the District Jail, Toba tek Singh. Sardar was executed for killing a man named Amanullah in 1993.

Another murderer was executed in the New Central Jail, Bahawalpur. Prisoner Rasheed Ahmad was hanged for murdering a man named Muhammad Shafi in 2004. 

Source: hamariweb.com, January 12, 2016

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