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America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and brushing aside concerns about its many flaws.
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…

Three death row convicts hanged in various Pakistan cities

LAHORE (Dunya News) - Three death row prisoners were hanged on early Tuesday morning in the jails of Attock, Mianwali and Jhang, Dunya News reported. 

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

According to details, death row convict Sultan was executed in the District Jail Attock. 

Sultan had killed his wife in 2007 over a family dispute.

Death row prisoner Ghulam Gilani was hanged in the District Jail Mianwali in a double murder case. 

Ghulam Gilani had killed two of his nephews over a family dispute in 2004.

Another death row convict was executed in the District Jail Jhang. 

Prisoner Allah Ditta was hanged for murdering his friend over a small dispute in 1999.

Source: dunyanews, January 19, 2016


Inmate hanged in Sialkot

January 14, 2016: A death row prisoner was hanged in District jail Sialkot in the wee hours.

Prison sources said, murder convict Sajid was hanged under tight security, for killing a person in Gujranwala in 2003.

His body was handed to family members after completing legal formalities.

Source: jasarat.org, January 14, 2016

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