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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…

Lahore: Death row convict hanged in Kot Lakhpat Jail

LAHORE (Dunya News) - A death row prisoner was hanged in the Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore on early Tuesday morning. 

The execution of another convict was postponed after the rival parties reached an agreement.

According to details, death row prisoner Aslam was hanged for killing a man in 2003 over an old enmity. 

Aslam’s body was handed over to his heirs after the execution.

On the other hand, the execution of another convict, Farrukh Shahzad, was postponed after the rival parties reached an agreement.

Source: dunyanews.tv, April 5, 2016

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