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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…

Bangladesh sentences man to death for killing 2 younger brothers

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh
February 16, 2016: A Chittagong court convicted a man and sentenced him to death for killing his two younger brothers in 2013 following a family property dispute.

Second Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Rabiuzzaman sentenced Abul Kalam of Sultanpur village in Raozan upazila to death and also fined him Tk 50,000.

According to the prosecution, Kalam stabbed his two younger brothers -- Abu Sufian and Abu Morshed - to death following a dispute over their ancestral property at Sultanpur village in Raozan upazila of Chittagong district on July 22, 2013.

Ismat Ara, wife of victim Abu Sufian, then filed a case with Raozan Police Station and police submitted a chargesheet against Kalam in October 2013.

Later, Kalam made his confessional statement before the court.

After examining the records and 14 witnesses, the Judge handed down the verdict today. 

Source: Sun Online Desk, Feb. 16, 2016

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