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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…

Morocco: Two sentenced to death for raping, killing 7-year-old girl

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May 4, 2016: Two Moroccans have been sentenced to death by a court in El Jadida (200km south of Rabat) for having kidnapped, raped and killed a 7-year-old girl, reported today the local web eljadidanews.com.

The incident took place late last year, when the girl, who went by the name Zineb, disappeared from his grandfather’s house in the village of Douar Lachab, where he lived with his mother, separated from her husband. 

Her body was found days later in a well, with signs of having been raped before her death.

The daily Al Massae says meanwhile that one of those sentenced to death is half brother of the dead girl.

While no prisoner was executed since 1993, the death penalty remains in force in Moroccan law, and in recent years was reserved for cases of terrorism or crimes against children.

There are currently around 120 sentenced to death in the so-called “death row” awaiting execution. 

source: EFE, May 4, 2016

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