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: Inmates Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jan 4 2018): On the morning of Thursday, two prisoners from Varamin were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. The official media had earlier reported the execution of a juvenile offender at the same prison.

According to a close source, on the morning of Thursday January 4, a prisoner named Abolfazl Ghorbani was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. He was sentenced to death on the charge of murder and had been in prison for four years.

Abolfazl Ghorbani was transferred to solitary confinement along with two other prisoners named Amir hossein Pourjafar and Mohammad Karimi from ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison on Monday January 1.

Official media had reported the execution of Amir hossein Pourjafar, who was only 16 at the time of the murder. This child offender was sentenced to death on the charge of raping and murdering an Afghan child.

Mohammad Karimi who was sentenced to death, delayed his execution by asking for time from the plaintiffs. This was the second time he was scheduled to be executed. He will be executed if he can’t pay 180.000$ to the plaintiffs.

“Amir hossein Pourjafar begged Setayesh’s father for mercy until the very last moment, but her father Said nothing and pulled the stool himself,” said a close source to Iran Human Right (IHR).

It should be noted that all of these prisoners were from Varamin Prison. The execution of Abolfazl Ghorbani has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 5, 2018

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