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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…

ISIS Militants Stone Gay Syrian Teenager To Death

Stoned to death for being gay
ISIS: Stoned to death for being gay
The Islamic State (ISIS) extremists have stoned to death a teenage boy accused of homosexuality in the Mayadin city of Deir ez-Zor province.

Jamal Nassir al-Oujan, 15, was arrested on charges of being gay on Saturday. 

The Sharia Court accused him of sodomy and sentenced him to death by stoning.

An eyewitness told ARA News:

“Al-Oujan was brutally stoned to death by IS militants in Jaradiq square in the Mayadin city on Monday afternoon. Also, some civilians were forced to participate in stoning the victim. The brutal scene has shocked all residents of Mayadin.”

Ahmed Ramadan, media activist and head of the campaign ‘Deir ez-Zor Is Being Slaughtered Silently’, said: “The radical group [ISIS] has violated all human rights by carrying out brutal atrocities against civilians, punishing people on baseless charges only to show off its power over unarmed, peaceful civilians.”

In January, a 15-year-old boy was thrown from a roof in Deir ez-Zor after he was discovered engaged in a sexual act with an ISIS leader who wad then later executed.

Source: Back2Stonewall, Bill Kohler, May 25, 2016
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