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America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

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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: Death Penalty Execution for Drug-Related Convicts to Continue This Year

Bali's Kerobokan prison
Bali's Kerobokan prison
Several drug-related convicts who are on death row will be executed this year.

The Indonesian government is firm in its stance of upholding the drug penalty law for convicted drug traffickers. 

This year, the government will send to the gallows several Indonesian nationals who are on death row for drug trafficking.

This is according to Coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Defense Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

The minister, however, did not mention the number of inmates who are going to be executed and he also did not identify them.

"This year it will be implemented (death penalty) to Indonesian nationals," Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in his 1-hour public lecture at Institu Teknologi Bandung (ITB) on Friday (18/3) as reported by Tempo.co. He was commenting on the government's past decisions to delay the execution of drug inmates in response to their new claims of innocence.

In April last year, shortly after the execution of 8 drug traffickers including an Indonesian national, a well-placed official at the Attorney General's Office said the government was making plan to send to the gallows 5 death row prisoners. But, he did not say whether they were drug traffickers.

Meanwhile, in January of last year, 6 drug-related death-row prisoners including 5 foreign nationals, went to the gallows.

Source: globalindonesianvoices.com, March 20, 2016

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