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…

Execution of 8 Prisoners over 2017 Isis Attacks in Tehran

Tehran trial
8 prisoners who were sentenced to death over the Isis attacks on Tehran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini were executed today. Some of them were not directly involved in the attacks.

According to IRNA news agency, on the morning of Saturday, July 7, eight prisoners who were convicted over the Isis attacks in Tehran were executed. 

None of the official reports mention the execution site, however, since the prisoners were held at ward 209 of Evin prison, it is most possible that their execution was carried out at Evin Prison.

The prisoners named as Soleiman Mozafari, Esmail Sufi, Rahman Behrouz, Seyyed Majed Mortezai, Sirous Azizi, Ayyoub Esmaili, Khosro Ramezani and Osman Behrouz.

The prisoners were arrested after the 2017 terrorist attacks on Tehran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. 

However, according to several reports, some of those executed were not directly involved in the attacks and were sentenced to death on the charge of having information about the operation and, in some cases, providing the attackers with logistic support.

There is no information regarding the process of the interrogation, hearing, and trial of those prisoners. 

It is also not clear if the defendants had any lawyers or public defenders.

Iran Human Rights condemns the execution of those citizens. 

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for IHR, said, "Execution is an inhumane form of punishment which is imposed by the government as a way of terrifying people and it will only result in the spread of violence."

Afghan Prisoner Executed in Iran

Iran Human Rights (Jul 8, 2018): An Afghan prisoner was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

According to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Saturday, July 7, a prisoner was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

The Afghan prisoner was identified as Naeem Manduzehi, born in 1970 and married with 9 children.

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, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 7, 2018

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