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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…

Northern Iran: Four Prisoners Executed Including One in Public

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A prisoner is hanged in public in Kermanshah province, Iran, on July 25, 2016.
Iranian authorities reportedly executed three prisoners in the province of Gilan on Saturday July 23 and one prisoner in public on Monday July 25 in the Kermanshah province.

Iran Human Rights (July 25 2016): On Saturday July 23 three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Lakan, Rasht's central prison (Gilan province, northern Iran). 

The press department of the Judiciary in Gilan has identified the prisoners as: F.B., 40 years old, charged with trafficking 659 grams of crystal meth; A.M., 32 years old, charged with possession of 965 grams of heroin; and H.D., 31 years old, charged with murder.

On Monday July 25 an unidentified prisoner was hanged in public in Sonqor County (Kermanshah province, northwestern Iran) in front of a crowd of people. 

According to state run media outlet, Mehr News, the man was on death row for murdering a child. 

Released photos from this public execution show children were present in the crowd of people who watched the hanging.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 26, 2016

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