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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: Unidentified Prisoner Hanged in Public

Public hanging in Bandar Abbas, Iran, Aug. 31, 2017
34 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016, and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings.

Iran Human Rights (SEPT 1 2017): An unidentified prisoner who was sentenced to death on the charge of "raping a married woman" was hanged in public in Bandar Abbas while a crowd of people watched.

According to a report by the state-run news agency, Mehr, the public hanging sentence of the man was carried out on the morning of Thursday August 31. 

The report says the prisoner was also charged with kidnapping and armed robbery and was issued prison and lashing sentences for those charges.

The research of Iran Human Rights shows 34 people were hanged in public in Iran in 2016, and an audience of hundreds of people, including children, were present for most of these hangings. 

Human rights activists and informed members of civil society have always severely criticized this issue.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 1, 2017


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