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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…

Somaliland: Six Executed for Murder

January 11, 2016: Somaliland government carried out the execution of 6 prisoners in different regions of the country. 

The 6 included a soldier who killed a police officer recently in Berbera.

The execution of these people took place in Daraweyene, Mandheera and Borama. 

All were convicted criminals according to the local press.

Sources mention that the execution order was signed by President Siilaanyo for the six men in order to mitigate the situation after murder-related cases have increased in the recent times. 

Sources: somalilandinformer.com, Somaliland Nation News, January 11, 2016

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