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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…

Pakistan: Five executed on terrorism charges, 4 sentenced to death

Pakistan executes 5 'terrorists' at prison in northwest

Pakistan's military says authorities have hanged 5 "hardcore terrorists" after they were found guilty of carrying out attacks in the country.

A military statement says the executions were carried out on Wednesday at a prison in the northwest.

It says the convicts belonged to the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. 

The executions came 2 months after military courts were shut down in Pakistan following the expiration of their 2-year constitutional mandate.

The courts were set up after a December 2014 Taliban attack on a school in the northwest killed 150 people, mostly children.

The attack also prompted Pakistan to lift its moratorium on the death penalty. Since then, Pakistan has executed over 400 people. Most of those executed were not linked to terrorism-related cases.


4 convicts get death penalty


A local court in Sahiwal awarded capital punishment to 4 murder accused and fined Rs100,000 each here the other day.

According to the prosecution, the accused - Imran, Ameen, Ghaffar Ahmed and Aziz - said to be cousins, had shot dead 3 members of a family - Allah Ditta Kartar, Muhammad Iqbal and Ameer - for contracting love-marriage with 2 girls of their family after lifting them from their house in 2011.

In light of the evidence, Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Zubair sentenced the accused to death and fined them Rs100,000 each.

Source: Associated Press, nation.com.pk, March 9, 2017

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