America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

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: 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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