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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…

IS extremists publicly behead Syrian man for 'insulting Caliphathe', Iraqi man for 'insulting Allah'

IS extremist beheads man in Raqqa, Syria in Feb. 2016 (Terrormonitor.org)
Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed on Monday a man in the city of Shaddadi in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, after accusing him of "insulting the Caliphate".

Saleh al-Rahim, 48, was publicly beheaded in central Shaddadi.

"ISIS claimed that al-Rahim has refused to pay taxes to the al-Hisba (taxation) department, which the group considered a violation to its rules and an act of insult to the ISIS self-declared Caliphate," rights activist Ahmed Hussaini told ARA News in Shaddadi.

The man was arrested at an ISIS security checkpoint near the village of Sarb in the vicinity of Shaddadi while trying to escape the ISIS-held area towards Hasakah city.

The victim was brutally beheaded in front of hundreds of people in Shaddadi's central square, after one of the militants read a statement accusing him of insulting the Caliphate and deserving the death penalty, according to local sources.

The city of Shaddadi is deemed the main bastion for ISIS jihadis in Hasakah province - where the group has recently lost large territories to the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Iraq, Ninawa, February 2016. Islamic State extremists publicly beheaded a man for allegedly 'insulting Allah.'

Photo: Terrormonitor.org on Twitter

Iraq, February 2016. ISIS beheads man for 'insulting Allah"

Sources: ARA news, Terrormonitor, Feb. 16, 2016


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Raqqa, Syria, February 2016 - An alleged thief has his right hand chopped off by an Islamic State extremist. Source: Terrormonitor.org on Twitter

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