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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…

Singapore: Belgian accused of killing son to be remanded another 6 weeks pending forensics report

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart
Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart (center)
A Belgian man accused of killing his 5-year-old son in their D'Leedon condominium home in October last year will be remanded in Changi Prison for another 6 weeks, pending the completion of a forensic investigation report.

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart appeared in court via video-link on Wednesday.

His case will be mentioned again on March 23.

The 41-year-old was charged on Oct 7, last year, with the murder of Keryan Gabriel Cedric Graffart. 

He allegedly committed the act at his 32nd-storey home at 3 Leedon Heights, the day before he was first brought to court.

He was then remanded for 4 weeks at the medical centre in Changi Prison for a psychiatric assessment.

He was subsequently remanded at the Central Police Division to assist in investigations.

Graffart worked for the Singapore investment management arm of Nordea, a company that describes itself as the largest financial group in northern Europe.

Graffart's lawyer Ramesh Tiwary told The Straits Times that he will study the forensic report once it has been completed.

Mr Tiwary also said that he has been in touch with his client, having visited him a few times in prison.

Asked about Graffart's condition, the lawyer said: "He's naturally very depressed about what's happened."

If convicted of his charge, murder with intention, Graffart faces the mandatory death penalty.

Source: straitstimes.com, Feb. 9, 2016

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