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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…

Somalia executes 2 Al-Shabaab militants

Firing squad execution in Mogadishu, Somalia, in January 2014.
Firing squad execution in Mogadishu, Somalia, on January 4, 2014.
The Somali military court on Saturday executed 2 Al-Shabaab militants behind last year's murder of a female journalist who worked for state media.

The court found that Abdirisak Mohamed Barow, 28, and Hassan-Nur Ali Farah, 37, killed Hindiya Haji Mohamed, the journalist working for Radio Mogadishu and National Television on December 3 last year, Xinhua reported.

The execution by firing squad occurred at a field in General Kahiye Police Academy in Mogadishu.

"Barow and Farah, were sentenced to a death penalty on March 20 and they are executed for their involvement and killing of the journalist, Hindiya Haji Mohamed," said 1 of the prosecutors.

The prosecutor added that the executed men were members of the AlAl-Shabaab militant group.

Hindiya was killed early December in 2015 while her husband, who was also a journalist for the same station, was killed on September 20 in 2012.

Somalia is considered to be one of the worst places where journalists operate. 

More than 25 journalists have been murdered in Somalia since 2007, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Source: Business-Standard, April 10, 2016

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