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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…

Iran: Public execution in Kermanshah

Kermanshah, Iran, 8 MAY 2016
Iran Human Rights (MAY 8 2016): One prisoner was hanged publicly in the "Azadi" (Liberty) Square of Kermanshah, western Iran. 

The public execution was carried out in front of hundreds of people Sunday morning May 8.

According to the Iranian state-run news agencies Fars and YJC the prisoner who was identified as "Fardin R." was convicted of Moharebeh (waging war against God), through participation in an armed robbery. 

A few people were injured during the robbery but no one was killed, said the report.

The Azadi (Liberty) Square of Kermanshah has been the site of several public executions in the past.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 9, 2016

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