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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…

Iran: Eight Prisoners Including Woman Executed on Drug Charges

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Eight prisoners, including a woman, were reportedly executed on drug charges at Darya, Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan, northwestern Iran).

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 30 2016): According to a report by the unofficial news agency, HRANA, Iranian authorities hanged eight prisoners at Urmia's central prison on the morning of Thursday September 29.

The report says the prisoners were all executed on drug related charges and that one of them was a woman. 

According to the report, the names of the prisoners are: Behnam Pirkozadegan, Ismael Ayoubi, Karam Kolshi, Ghader Mahmoudi, Effendi Omri, Karim (Reza) Abdollahzadeh, Farhad Maleki, and Malouk Nouri.

The executions have been confirmed by Iran Human Rights.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have been silent on these executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 30, 2016

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