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 hangs 5 prisoners collectively in Kermanshah Prison

Public execution in Iran
At least 5 prisoners were hanged on July [16 or 17] at Dizelabad Prison in Kermanshah, west of Iran. One of the victims is identified as Alireza Ashuri, 57. 

All the 5 were found guilty of murder.

In yet another case on the morning of July 17, a prisoner was hanged in the Birjand Prison in South Khorasan Province.

He was sentenced to death on murder charges, identified as Baratali Shirdelan.

In another development on the morning of July 16, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Prison, northeast of Iran. 

He was identified as Gholamali, 41, convicted of being involved in a fight during a wedding he attended in 2009 that resulted in the death of a man. 

Gholamali arrested in 2014 and sentenced to death on murder charges, the state-run Khorasan Daily reported on July 18, 2018.

The head of the Kerman Revolutionary Court was quoted on July 13, 2018, in the state-run Fars news agency report as announcing the execution of Yahya Ahmad Yousefi in Kerman Prison. 

His sentence carried out after the confirmation by the Supreme Court. 

The prisoner accused of "corruption on earth" tried in a Revolutionary Court in Kerman, Ahmad Ghorbani said. He was charged with murder and kidnapping.

On the morning of July 12, 1 prisoner charged with murder executed in Khoy Prison. 

Identified as Babak Bolughi 24, from Khoy, the convict was arrested 3 years ago. Khoy is a city and capital of Khoy County, West Azerbaijan Province in Iran.

According to Amnesty International's report, among all the recorded executions worldwide in 2017, more than 51 % were carried out in Iran.

Although 2nd, behind China in terms of executions, Iran "carried out 84 % of the global total number of executions."

The number of executions in Iran last year was 507, "accounting for 60 % of all confirmed executions in the region." Of the 507 people executed, "501 were men and 6 were women.

At least 5 juvenile offenders were executed, and 31 executions were carried out publicly."

Source: Iran Human Rights Monitor, July 22, 2018

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