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Will the Supreme Court Kill The Death Penalty This Term?

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court add the fate of the death penalty to a term already fraught with hot-button issues like partisan gerrymandering, warrantless surveillance, and a host of contentious First Amendment disputes?
That’s the hope of an ambitious Supreme Court petition seeking to abolish the ultimate punishment. But it runs headlong into the fact that only two justices have squarely called for a reexamination of the death penalty’s constitutionality.
Abel Hidalgo challenges Arizona’s capital punishment system—which sweeps too broadly, he says, because the state’s “aggravating factors” make 99 percent of first-degree murderers death-eligible—as well as the death penalty itself, arguing it’s cruel and unusual punishment.
He’s represented by former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal—among the most successful Supreme Court practitioners last term. Hidalgo also has the support of several outside groups who filed amicus briefs on his behalf, notably one from a group including Ari…

Iran: Inmate's Hand Amputated Before Execution in Shiraz

Medieval and barbaric punishments: an inmate is flogged in public prior to his execution in Karaj, Iran,  August 2014.
Medieval and barbaric punishments: a death-row inmate is flogged
in public prior to his execution in Karaj, Iran, in August 2014.
Two juvenile offenders facing execution

Three inmates were executed on Tuesday, April 18 in the prisons of Shiraz and Tabriz. 

Ten days prior to the executions, authorities in Adel Abad Prison of Shiraz had horrifically amputated the hand of one of the inmates. 

One of the two prisoners executed in Tabriz Central Prison was 28 years of age.

Furthermore, two prisoners who were arrested while under the age of 18 are now facing execution. 

Mehdi Bahlouli, 17 years of age when arrested, is currently held in solitary confinement of Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran. 

Peyman Barandah, arrested at the age of 16 for his alleged crime, is on death row in Shiraz Central Prison.

The Iranian Resistance calls on Iranians from all walks of life, especially the youth, to protest such vicious punishments and arbitrary executions, specifically the hanging of juveniles. 

It further calls on the international community to strongly condemn this unprecedented barbarity in the 21st century and hinge their relations with the Iranian regime on an immediate halt to executions and inhumane punishments.


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