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Will the Supreme Court Kill The Death Penalty This Term?

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court add the fate of the death penalty to a term already fraught with hot-button issues like partisan gerrymandering, warrantless surveillance, and a host of contentious First Amendment disputes?
That’s the hope of an ambitious Supreme Court petition seeking to abolish the ultimate punishment. But it runs headlong into the fact that only two justices have squarely called for a reexamination of the death penalty’s constitutionality.
Abel Hidalgo challenges Arizona’s capital punishment system—which sweeps too broadly, he says, because the state’s “aggravating factors” make 99 percent of first-degree murderers death-eligible—as well as the death penalty itself, arguing it’s cruel and unusual punishment.
He’s represented by former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal—among the most successful Supreme Court practitioners last term. Hidalgo also has the support of several outside groups who filed amicus briefs on his behalf, notably one from a group including Ari…

Iran: 56 Prisoners Executed in 17 Days

In a concerning statistical jump, in less than 3 weeks, more than 56 prisoners with different charges were hanged in 10 different cities of Iran.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in 17 days, 56 executions were registered in Shahrood, Gorgan, Uremia, Minab, Tabriz, Mashhad, Taybad, Nayriz, and Shiraz.

According to the statistic centre of HRANA, on September 13th, 17 prisoners in Vakil Abad prison with drug related charges, 3 prisoners in Adel Abad in Shiraz, 2 of whom were charged with robbery and 1 other was charged with rape, were hanged.

The new month started with the execution of 1 prisoner in public. A prisoner who was charged with rape, murder, abduction and robbery was hanged in Nayriz stadium, in Fras province.

On Saturday, September 24, 4 drug offenders were hanged in Tabriz central prison.

In Taybad and Uremia on September 25 and 26, 2 prisoners charged with drug related charges were executed.

On September 27, HRANA reported that on 2nd quarter of September, 2 prisoners in Shahrood and 1 in Gorgan were executed.

On September 28, the execution of 7 prisoners with drug related charges was registered.

In continuation of this trend, on September 29, 11 prisoners were executed with the charges of drug smuggling, homicide, and armed robbery.

Finally, 8 prisoners, including 1 woman were hanged in Uremia prison for drug related charges.

Source: HRANA News Agency, October 17, 2016

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