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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…

Iraq: Gay men beheaded, thrown off building top by ISIS

This man was thrown off a high-rise building by ISIS just for being gay
This man was thrown off a high-rise building
by ISIS just for being gay
New shocking pictures have emerged of a man being thrown to his death from a high-rise building by ISIS for the ‘crime’ of being gay.

The blindfolded captive is seen held on the precipice of a high-rise building in Iraq.

A huge crowd, including many young children, watched. Some had stones in their hands to finish the job if necessary.

The victim is pushed off, falling 100ft on to the concrete below.

This murder comes after ISIS, also known as Da’esh and ISIL, released a propaganda video that delivered a clear, terrifying warning to what happens to gay people in countries under their control.

In the video, a series of punishments are shown. One man accused of being gay is thrown off a roof in front of a baying mob on the ground. Blindfolded, he is thrown head first onto a pile of rocks.

Writhing on the floor, he is finished off by being stoned to death by the mob.

Another man, also accused of being gay, is beheaded with a bloody sword. Another shot sees a body lying twisted on the ground. The decapitated head is on the body’s back. People watch and do nothing.

The video also shows a prisoner, arms stretched out, waiting to have his hand cut off for theft.

Dozens of LGBTI people have been killed by Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria. Gay people, according to ISIS, are the ‘worst of creatures’.

Source: Gay Star News, April 21, 2016

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