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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: Killer of Bogor Girl (7) to Face Death Penalty

Noval Fajar Bakti
Noval Fajar Bakti
Depok. Noval Fajar Bakti, the 31-year-old man suspected of having killed a 7-year-old girl in a dispute over a loan with her mother, will face the death penalty, the Bogor Police chief has said.

Adj. Sr. Comr . Suyudi Ario Seto, the chief of Bogor Police, said on Friday (12/02) that the suspect will face murder charges as he had planned to hurt the child and had even bought a knife in preparation.

Noval is believed to have attacked both the girl, Sarah, and her mother, Yunida, in their home in the Taman Lestari housing complex in the Citeureup subdistrict of Bogor last Saturday.

He allegedly told police he had asked Yunida for a loan as he needed money to support his family, but that the woman had asked him to pay her back twice the amount.

As the dispute escalated, Yunida started screaming "thief!" which caused Noval to panic and launch his assault.

The girl died in a nearby hospital while the mother is still being treated for her wounds.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Feb. 12, 2016

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