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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 penalty of 12 hardcore terrorists

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Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed the death sentence to another 12 "hardcore terrorists," who were involved in heinous offenses related to attacking armed forces, law enforcement agencies, destruction of educational institution and killing of innocent civilians, the military said.

An army statement said the convicts were also involved in attacking 2 major prisons in the cities of Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 2012 and 2013 respectively and had freed hundreds of militants.

These convicts were tried by special military courts and they all had admitted their offenses before the magistrates and the trial court.

The convicts have the right of appeal to the country's president under the law, according to the legal experts. However, the president has previously rejected all mercy petitions in terrorism-related cases.

It is the 2nd time in less than 2 weeks the army chief has confirmed the death penalty to the militants.

On July 2, the army chief had also confirmed death sentences to 12 hardcore terrorists.

The army courts were set up after the terrorist attack on an army school in December 2014 for the speedy trial of the terrorism-related accused. 

Nearly 150 people, almost all students, were killed in the attack.

Source:  xinhuanet.com, July 13, 2018


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