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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…

Iran Supreme Court Confirms Death Sentence Of Juvenile Offender

Iran does execute juvenile offenders
Iran does execute juvenile offenders
The death sentence of Himan Ouraminejad who was charged with murder as a juvenile, has been confirmed in the Supreme Court and is waiting for the permission of head of judiciary to be executed.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Himan Ouraminejad is charged with the murder of another juvenile in a fight in Sanandaj.

Himan Ouraminejad is born in 1994 and by the time that he committed the crime in 2010, he was under 18.

According to article 91 of the Islamic Penal Code, when the individual is under 18 or do not understand the nature of the crime, or the growth of their brain could be questioned, the death retribution will not be applied.

According to an informed source, the forensic has just asked him few questions and the actual scientific tests were not carried out about Himan Ouraminejad.

The death sentence of this juvenile offenders will be executed after the permission of the head of judiciary and the refusal of consent by the victim's family.

Himan Ouraminejad is currently being kept in Sanandaj prison.

Source: Human Rights Activists News Agency, Feb. 20, 2016

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