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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…

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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