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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…

The Maldives: The 1st execution in 60 years - help stop this

Hussain Humaam
Hussain Humaam

There are serious concerns about the fairness of the murder trial, and without your help Humaam could be hung within 30 days. Call on the authorities in the Maldives to halt the execution before it's too late.

23 year old Humaam was sentenced to death after he was found guilty of murdering MP Afrasheem Ali. 

The Maldives President pledged to hang death row inmates within 30 days of the Supreme Court upholding a guilty verdict, which means Humaam's days are now numbered.

A key piece of evidence in the trial was Humaam's 'confession' which he later explained was extracted by force after authorities threatened the safety of his family.

Humaam and his family also maintain that he suffers from a mental disability which was not assessed or considered during the trial.

If carried out, this execution will be the 1st in more than 60 years. 

There are 17 other prisoners on death row that could be next, at least 5 of which are juvenile offenders.

Source: Amnesty International, July 11, 2016

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