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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…

Indonesia: Grandma Caught With 1,500 Ecstasy Tablets, Crystal Meth at Kualanamu Airport

Indonesian police drug bust (file photo)
Indonesian police drug bust (file photo)
Jakarta. Security officers at Kualanamu International Airport in North Sumatra have handed a 54-year-old woman over to police after finding 1,500 ecstasy tablets and nearly 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine in her possession on Sunday (07/02).

The woman, who has been identified as Hajjah Isdiani, is reportedly from Kalimantan Island. 

The drugs were found hidden inside her underwear during a routine check by airport security personnel.

During a subsequent interrogation, Hajjah told the officers that the drugs originated from a drug dealer in Lubuk Pakam, a town in North Sumatra province. 

She confessed that she had been offered Rp 15 million ($1,100) to smuggle the drugs.

"The evidence was seized from inside the bra worn by the suspect. She was a passenger on Lion Air flight JT 913 traveling from Kualanamu to Balikpapan. She was handed over to the police," said Kuswadi, the chief of security at Kualanamu airport.

The airport is situated 39 kilometers from the provincial capital Medan.

Kuswadi said the police are conducting further investigations.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Arnold H Sianturi, February 08, 2016

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