Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Iran: Three inmates executed on murder charges

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Iran Human Rights (Nov 1 2017): One prisoner was executed at Mashhad Central Prison; one at Urmia Central Prison, both on murder charges, and one at Maragheh Prison.

Execution in Urmia (Northwestern Iran)

According to a report by Kurdistan Human Rights Network which was also confirmed by Iran Human Rights (IHR), on the morning of Wednesday November 1, a prisoner was hanged at Urmia Central Prison (Darya) on murder charges. 

The prisoner, identified as Tohid Mohammad-Bagherloo, 30, was from Khoy and was in prison on murder charges for six years. He was transferred to solitary confinement from Ward 1 and 2 of Urmia Central Prison on Tuesday.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Execution in Mashhad (Northeastern Iran)

According to a report by Khorasan Newspaper, on the morning of Wednesday November 1, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison (Vakilabad) on murder charges. 

The prisoner, identified as M.T., was sentenced to death on murder charges.

The report stated that the prisoner murdered a 67-year-old man with the help of his friend in 2011.

Execution in Maragheh Prison

A prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison (East Azerbaijan province) on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday October 31, a prisoner was executed at Maragheh Prison (Northwestern Iran) on murder charges.

The prisoner, identified as Hooshang Delijan, 29, was from Hashtrud. He was arrested and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a taxi driver in Maragheh four years ago.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights 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 3, 2017

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