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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…

Pakistan executes three inmates

February 4, 2016: Two prisoners were executed in Pakistan, in two different prisons. 

Key facilitator of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, terrorist Bilal Ahmed alias Abu Abdullah was executed in Kohat Central Jail early in the morning. 

Bilal s/o Faiz Ahmed was arrested two years back from his native village Suraj in Sialkot. 

Bilal aka Abu Abdullah was sentenced to death by military court Kohat after he was found guilty. 

Security sources said he was key facilitator of TTP and involved in terrorist activities against Pak Army across the country. 

Another death row convict was sent to the gallows at the Central Jail Multan on early morning, Dunya News reported.

Death row prisoner Muhammad Jora alias Mittho was hanged for killing a man named Nazir in 1996 over an old enmity. Mittho’s dead body was later handed over to his relatives.

Muhammad Jora alias Mittho was awarded death sentence by Session Court Muzaffargarh which was upheld by the superior courts. 

His mercy appeal was also rejected by the President upon which Session Court Muzaffargarh issued a death warrant and he was executed at the Central Jail Multan. 

Sources: Dunya News, thenews.com.pk, Feb. 4, 2016


Inmate Executed in Bahawalpur prison

February 9, 2016: A death row prisoner was sent to the gallows at the New Central Jail Bahawalpur on early morning, Dunya News reported.

Death row convict Haider Shehzad was executed for killing a man named Muhammad Amin over a dispute. 

The dead body of Shehzad was handed over to his relative after the execution. 

Source: Dunya News, February 9, 2016

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