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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and brushing aside concerns about its many flaws.
That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

BNN Busts Drug Couriers Carrying 25 Kilos of Meth

Medan. The National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, seized 25 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four men in the year's biggest drug bust in Medan, North Sumatra on Monday (22/02).

Brig. Gen. Arman Depari, BNN deputy head for narcotics eradication, said the four suspects were captured at a bus terminal on Jalan Sisimangaraja, adding that one of them was injured after being shot by anti-narcotic officers.

“The arrested suspects are being questioned,” Arman told reporters without revealing their identities.

The suspects allegedly have ties to an international narcotics syndicate in Malaysia and other countries, Arman said, adding that Aceh and Riau are believed to be the base of this syndicate.

The bust marks this year's first large raid after the BNN seized 161 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in Karawang, West Java, last December.

The drugs confiscated in December were found packed in boxes in the back of a truck that was transporting them from Surabaya to Jakarta.

Drug courier Tommy claimed he had received the contraband from someone in Surabaya and was meant to take them to a Chinese national identified as Chen Bin in Ancol, North Jakarta.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Feb. 22, 2016

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