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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: 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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