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

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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…

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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