Will the Supreme Court Kill The Death Penalty This Term?

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…

Pakistan SC maintains death sentence of man involved in Gujrat killing

The Supreme Court on Monday maintained death penalty of Ashraf Baho, who was involved in the killing of 5 people at Shaheen Chock Gujrat, while changing the death penalty of Nasar into life in prison.

A 5-member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali resumed hearing of the case in which it was informed by the prosecutor that 2 proclaimed offenders have not been arrested so far.

The apex court expressed annoyance over inapprehension of proclaimed offenders Tahir and Imran Baloki. 

It directed DPO Gujrat to arrest and present the offenders before the court within a week. 

Justice Ameer Hani Muslim in satirically thanked the police department for arresting culprits in instalments. 

He remarked that 2 proclaimed offenders were not arrested despite passage of 16 years, adding that society would benefit if police performed its duty efficiently.

Source: Pakistan Today, March 14, 2016

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