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'Express lane to death': Texas seeks approval to speed up death penalty appeals, execute more quickly

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Texas is seeking to speed up executions with a renewed request to opt-in to a federal law that would shorten the legal process and limit appeals options for death-sentenced prisoners.
Defense attorneys worry it would lead to the execution of innocent people and - if it's applied retroactively, as Texas is requesting - it could potentially end ongoing appeals for a number of death row prisoners and make them eligible for execution dates.
"Opt-in would speed up the death penalty treadmill exponentially," said Kathryn Kase, an longtime defense attorney and former executive director of Texas Defender Services.
But a state attorney general spokeswoman framed the request to the Justice Department as a necessary way to avoid "stressful delays" and cut down on the "excessive costs" of lengthy federal court proceedings.
Robbie Kaplan, co-founder of the #TimesUp movement, says sweeping changes to laws in recent years have dissuaded attorneys from taking on har…

Pakistan: Two Hanged

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Two death row convicts were hanged in the jails of Toba Tek Singh and Bahawalpur on early Tuesday morning, Dunya News reported.

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to their families after the execution.

According to details, death row prisoner Muhammad Sardar was hanged in the District Jail, Toba tek Singh.

Sardar was executed for killing a man named Amanullah in 1993.

Another murderer was executed in the New Central Jail, Bahawalpur.

Prisoner Rasheed Ahmad was hanged for murdering a man named Muhammad Shafi in 2004.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty on December 17, 2014, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawar and killed 134 students and 19 adults.

The killings put pressure the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

There are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in the country.

Source: dunyanews.tv, January 12, 2016

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