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America's Secret Death Penalty Drugs

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Governments have gone to great effort to keep the sources and methods of their death penalty regimes secret.
In November, the Omaha World-Herald sent a simple records request to the Nebraska state government. Along with several other news outlets, the paper wanted to know the source of the drugs to be used in an upcoming execution—the first in the state in more than 20 years.
In the past the Nebraska Department of Corrections would have provided this information, but now it refused. Officials there insisted that the supplier of the drugs the state intended to use, in the name of its citizens, to sedate, paralyze, and stop the beating heart of an inmate were exempt from Nebraska's public record law.
In December the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued to challenge the denial.
Nebraska is just the latest state to decide the executioner's black hood of anonymity also covers the pharmacies that mix the deadly compounds used to kill prisoners. As letha…

Bali Nine mule to get sentence reduction

Renae Lawrence
Renae Lawrence
Indonesian prison officials have recommended Bali Nine drug mule Renae Lawrence has a further two months cut from her sentence.

Lawrence, 37, is serving her 20-year sentence in Bali's Bangli Prison, where staff confirmed she had been put forward as one of the inmates to have their sentence reduced for good behaviour as a reward this Christmas.

Prison officials say the former Newcastle woman is focused on being a diligent prisoner, and applies herself to classes in handicrafts.

Earlier this year, Indonesia executed Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, other members of the nine young Australians who tried to smuggle drugs through Bali in 2005.

The other members are all serving life sentences and not eligible for sentence cuts.

It will be the 10th Christmas in prison for Martin Stephens, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Michael Czugaj, Matthew Norman, Si Yi Chen and Scott Rush.

At Kerobokan jail, a spokesman said Australian inmates Nicholas Langan and Edward Myatt had been recommended for 15 days and one month remission, respectively.

Langan, a north Queensland tradesman, is due for release next month, after serving a year in custody for smoking a joint of marijuana on a Bali beach.

Myatt, from Ballarat, Victoria, was jailed in 2012 for eight years, for smuggling methamphetamine.

Source: AAP, December 24, 2015

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