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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…

China: Man who killed 6 people during a shooting spree in Shanghai executed

Fan Jieming
Fan Jieming
A man who killed six people and injured four others with guns and an iron pipe in Shanghai three years ago has been executed, a local court said on Tuesday.

Fan Jieming, 65, was sentenced to death by Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court for murder, robbery, and forcible seizure, illegal purchase and possession of guns last July.

According to the court, Fan had a dispute at a chemical factory in the city's Baoshan District on June 22, 2013, before beating a colleague to death there with an iron pipe.

He then took a hunting rifle from his dormitory and asked a driver to take him to another district. He killed the driver on the way and took the vehicle.

At a nearby military barracks Fan killed a guard and took his gun. He then returned to the plant and shot dead another three people.

Fan also seriously injured three people and slightly injured another. He was captured by police the same day and put on trial in January, 2014.

Source: Xinhua, June 15, 2016


Man who killed six executed

A man who killed 6 people, including a soldier, and injured 4 others in Shanghai in 2013, has been executed by the Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court, the court announced today.

Fan Jieming, 65, was convicted of murder and robbery, and illegal possession of guns, was given the death penalty in July last year.

The 6 who died during the shooting spree included 4 of Fan's colleagues, with whom he had disputes over company matters, an unlicensed taxi driver, a military sentinel from whom he stole the gun.

Source: Shanghai Daily, June 15, 2016

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