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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…

Two executed in Iran over drug charges

Execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (JULY 29 2016): Two prisoners were reportedly executed this week, one in central Iran and the other in the northeastern region of the country.

According to a report by unofficial source HRANA, on the morning of Wednesday July 27, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison (northeastern Iran) on unknown charges. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Reza Sabzevari, 32 years old, former police officer who worked in the department to fight against drugs.

Unofficial source Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran reports on another execution on Wednesday July 27: a prisoner was hanged at Yazd Central Prison (central Iran) on drug related charges. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Nasrollah Reigi, imprisoned for five years before he was executed.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state run media, have been silent about these two executions.

Iranian authorities have reportedly executed at least eight prisoners on Wednesday July 27th. On that day Iran Human Rights had reported on the execution of six prisoners at Darya, Urmia's central prison (northwestern Iran) on drug related charges. 

At least 50 people have been executed in Iran so far in July 2016. 

According to a recent report published by Iran Human Rights, at least 250 people have been executed in Iran so far in 2016.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 29, 2016

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