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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: Eight Prisoners Including Woman Executed on Drug Charges

Public execution in Iran
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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