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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 hangs four in two days

February 24, 2016: four murder convicts were hanged in Pakistan in two days.

Three prisoners were hanged in two jails on February 23.

In Toba, Mumtaz Ahmad of Bhakkar was hanged for killing Noor Muhammad Khaira in Chak 264/GB Rajana some 24 years ago.

In Sahiwal, two murder convicts were hanged in Central Jail early in the morning while execution of another was postponed.

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to the heirs.

Faiz was executed for killing a man named Barkat in 1992 while Ramzan had murdered three women in 2004.

On February 24, another death row convict was executed in the Central Jail of Mainwali.

According to details, Naimat Gul was convicted of killing a man over marriage dispute in 1993.

The mercy plea of Gul had been rejected by the government authorities.

The dead body of the convict was handed to his legal heirs.

Source: channel24.pk, Feb. 24, 2016

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