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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: Six executions, one in public, carried out on November 10

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Imprisonment and cash fine for those arrested in Sardasht protest

Five prisoners were hanged in Kerman Prison (southern Iran) and a 24-year-old man was hanged in public in Chalmeh Sang village near Mashhad (northeast Iran). 

Another prisoner was hanged in public on November 9 in Shiraz, southern Iran.

In another development, the Iranian Judiciary sentenced 12 people to one year imprisonment, each, and payment of cash fine. 

They had been arrested in a 2015 demonstration in protest to the harrowing death of Farinaz Khosravani in Sardasht.

Residents of Mahabad, Sanandaj, Sardasht and other cities of Iranian Kurdistan poured into the streets and staged a demonstration on May 3, 2015, in protest to the death of Farinaz Khosravani who threw herself off the fourth floor of a hotel where she worked to escape being sexually assaulted by an agent of the Intelligence Department. 

The regime clamped down harshly on the protest and made many arrests but has taken no action yet against the Intelligence agent who is responsible for the death of Ms. Khosravani.

The Iranian Resistance urges international human rights bodies to condemn the flagrant violations of human rights by the Iranian regime. 

The NCRI calls on the public and youths in Iran to stand up to executions, torture and suppressive measures by uniting in solidarity against the clerical regime.

Source: The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, November 11, 2016

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