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…

Iran: Two Hanged in ‌Baluchestan, Man executed in Tabriz

Public hanging, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jul 2, 2018): One prisoner was hanged at Saravan Prison on Saturday morning and another one was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on Sunday morning. 

Both prisoners were charged with murder.

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, June 30, a prisoner was hanged at Saravan Prison on murder charges.

Habibollah Sarbazi, Baluch human rights activist, told IHR, “The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was from Paskouh, Saravan.”

According to Baluch Activists Campaign, the prisoner was identified as Ahmad Zumakzehi, son of Karim Daad.

Furthermore, according to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Sunday, July 1, another prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

The prisoner was identified as Ebrahim Jahantigh, 26, from ward 4 of Zahedan Central Prison. He was transferred to the solitary confinement on Saturday, June 30.

The execution of these prisoners has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Prisoner hanged in Tabriz

Iran Human Rights (Jul 3, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, July 3, a prisoner was executed at Tabriz Central Prison. 

The prisoner, charged with murder, was identified as Mohammad Aali, 52, from a village near Tabriz.

The prisoner, having been in prison for five years, was transferred to the solitary confinement from ward 9 of Tabriz Central Prison on Monday.

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. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 3-4, 2018

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