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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…

Egyptian court sentences 11 Brotherhood members to death over killing policemen

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An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced 11 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death over charges of killing policemen, the state-run Ahram newspaper reported.

The case dated back to 2015 when the 11 convicts killed 3 policemen and burnt their vehicle.

The court referred the sentence to Grand Mufti, the country's highest Islamic official who will give the religious judgment of all preliminary death sentences.

The Mufti's opinion is non-binding as it is usually considered a formality, but his final opinion could reduce the penalty.

Egypt has been experiencing anti-security attacks since the army-led ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, and the ban on his Muslim Brotherhood in 2014.

Thousands of extremists have been detained and faced trials. 

Morsi and some prominent figures of his group have received final verdicts that varied from death to life sentence over charges of murder, violence and spying.

Source: xinhuanet.com, July 12, 2018


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