Update: The U.S. Supreme Court postponed its conference on whether to take up this case. It was supposed to be discussed on November 21 but will be rescheduled. The U.S. Supreme Court will be decide soon whether to hear an Arizona case challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s death penalty scheme. The petition of Abdel Daniel Hidalgo calls for the end to the death penalty not only in Arizona but across the country. In 1972, in a 5-4 decision in Furman v. Georgia, the high court abolished the death penalty finding that it was randomly applied and constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Soon after, death row inmates across the country had their sentences commuted to life in prison. Charles Manson was one of them which is why he continues to have parole hearings every few years. (At the time of Manson’s…

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