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Will the Supreme Court Kill The Death Penalty This Term?

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court add the fate of the death penalty to a term already fraught with hot-button issues like partisan gerrymandering, warrantless surveillance, and a host of contentious First Amendment disputes?
That’s the hope of an ambitious Supreme Court petition seeking to abolish the ultimate punishment. But it runs headlong into the fact that only two justices have squarely called for a reexamination of the death penalty’s constitutionality.
Abel Hidalgo challenges Arizona’s capital punishment system—which sweeps too broadly, he says, because the state’s “aggravating factors” make 99 percent of first-degree murderers death-eligible—as well as the death penalty itself, arguing it’s cruel and unusual punishment.
He’s represented by former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal—among the most successful Supreme Court practitioners last term. Hidalgo also has the support of several outside groups who filed amicus briefs on his behalf, notably one from a group including Ari…

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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