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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…

Pakistan: Three accused of blasphemy handed over to FIA on physical remand

Blasphemy is a criminal offense in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday handed over three accused to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on a seven-day remand for allegedly posting blasphemous contents on social media websites.

ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi has directed the authorities to present complete investigation report in the next hearing.

During the case hearing, FIA officials informed court that computers confiscated from the accused have been sent for forensic report.

Blasphemy is a criminal offense in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty.


He instructed foreign ministry to contact international foreign social media firms and demand the blocking of blasphemous posts.

He did not mention any company by name, but social networks such as Facebook Inc, its Instagram unit and rival Twitter Inc are popular in Pakistan.

Source: dunyanews.tv, March 24, 2017

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