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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: Confession of a State Mullah to the Execution of Indigent Offenders

Public execution in Iran
"There are two types of lawyers: the lawyers who are well acquainted with the law, and the lawyers who are well acquainted with the judge." - French proverb.

NCRI - A member of the Iranian regime's parliament referring to the regime’s judiciary emphasizing on more executions and that 5,300 people are on death row in the regime's prisons, said: “The trafficker who has 500 million dollars in Tehran and elsewhere is released, but we will execute the poor drug mule or offender.”

Mullah Hassan Norouzi, the regime’s parliamentary commission representative, addressing the Under Secretary General of the National Drug Control Headquarters, Ali Mouayedi, said: “Mr. Mouayedi said, give us time, we gave 10 months to a program, they did not give us results. They can just tell us that we're executing. We say you are executing, but who are you executing? Mr. Mouayedi, how many international smugglers have you executed? Why do you want to execute drug mules and innocent people and why do you want to execute 5,300 people who are in prison?”

He added: “When did we say that the execution would be lifted... We did not say the death penalty would be eliminated. We said that you would have to execute someone who deserves to be executed. That trafficker, who has 500 million dollars in Tehran and elsewhere, is freed by top-notch attorneys, but a poor drug offender who has 35 grams of industrial narcotics cannot defend himself and have a lawyer gets executed, for what?

Source: NCRI, August 12, 2017 (edited for reasons of clarity)

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