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California: With state executions on hold, death penalty foes rethink ballot strategy

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California advocates of abolishing the death penalty got a jolt of momentum in March, when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would not allow any executions to take place while he was in office.
But after trying twice this decade to persuade voters to end capital punishment, they have no plans to go to the ballot again in 2020. Rather than seeking to build on Newsom’s temporary reprieve for Death Row inmates, activists are taking their own pause.
Grappling with the legacy of their two failed initiatives, advocates are reassessing their strategy and retooling their message. Natasha Minsker, a political consultant who has long been involved with abolition efforts, said the governor’s moratorium has given advocates the opportunity to do long-term planning.
“There’s this excitement and energy in our movement that we haven’t had in a long time,” Minsker said.
Newsom’s executive order caught many Californians by surprise. Although he supported the unsuccessful ballot measures to abolish t…

Iran: At least Two People Executed in Mashhad; One Possibly a Juvenile Offender

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 20, 2019: According to the Iranian official media, two people were executed at Mashhad prison, northeastern Iran, Sunday.

According to the official news outlet Iran Online, a man was executed for murder and assault a minor girl on Sunday, November 17, 2019. 

It is mentioned that the man, called J, was 26 at the time of the execution. 

However, the date of the crime was November 24, 2010. 

Therefore, he might be under 18 at the time of committing a crime.

Iran Human Rights is investigating the case and will report the result as soon as possible. 

Other report published by the Iranian newspaper, Khorasan, shows that another man, called Javad A, 31, was also executed on Sunday for murder.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, November 20, 2019


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