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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…

Four Prisoners Executed in Northern Iran

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 28 2016): A prisoner sentenced to death for murder was reportedly executed at Urmia Prison while two prisoners in Shahroud and one prisoner in Gorgan prisons were reportedly executed on drug related charges.

According to reports by the unofficial news agency, HRANA, early morning on Monday September 26, a prisoner was hanged at Darya, Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran). 

The report identifies the prisoner as Amir Behrouz. 

On Sunday September 25, a prisoner -- identified as Javad Sanjehvali, 33, sentenced to death for drug related offenses -- was reportedly hanged at Gorgan Prison (Golestan province, northern Iran). 

On Thursday September 22, two prisoners sentenced to death for drug related offenses were reportedly hanged at Shahrud Prison (Semnan province, northern Iran). 

HRANA identifies the prisoners as Hossein Arabahmadi, 27, and Rahmatali Saadatiar, 40. 

According to the report, Hossein and Rahmatali were imprisoned and in imminent danger of execution for five to ten years before they were hanged. 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent on the executions in this report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 28, 2016

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