Iran’s judiciary operates as a branch of the regime’s repressive power. But its sentencing can look pretty arbitrary and negotiable. In 2006 a woman convicted of adultery was sentenced to death by stoning. After international outcry the sentence was suspended, although the charges remain.
Today we spend the hour on Iran, beginning with the courts. DePaul University’s Kaveh Eshani explains the role of the judiciary in Iranian politics. Also, an American journalist in search of his family roots provides an intimate look behind the scenes in Iran.