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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…

Pakistan army chief confirms death sentences of 12 militants

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's army chief has confirmed the death sentences handed down to 12 militants convicted of multiple attacks that killed 34 people in recent years, mostly civilians but also members of the security forces.

Monday's statement says that along with the sentences for the "hardcore terrorists," Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa also approved imprisonment for six people for their involvement in acts of terrorism.

It says the convicted militants had killed 34 people — 26 civilians and eight members of the security forces. 

One suspect, Ehsan Ullah, was acquitted.

The trials were closed to the public but allow defendants to hire lawyers.

Pakistan resumed military trials for militants and lifted a moratorium on the death penalty after a 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar that killed more than 150, mostly students.

Source: The Associated Press, July 3, 2018


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