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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…

Iran: 7 Prisoners Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

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7 prisoners, mainly charged with murder, were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday October 25, 7 prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj. 

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had previously reported about preparation of at least 10 prisoners of Rajai Shahr Prison for execution. 

The prisoners, mainly charged with murder, were transferred to solitary confinement in a group of 14 on Monday October 23.

The rest of the prisoners who were transferred to solitary confinement were returned to their cells by either wining the consent of the plaintiff or asking for time.

The executed prisoners have not been identified so far.

According to IHR annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 2, 2017


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