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'Express lane to death': Texas seeks approval to speed up death penalty appeals, execute more quickly

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Texas is seeking to speed up executions with a renewed request to opt-in to a federal law that would shorten the legal process and limit appeals options for death-sentenced prisoners.
Defense attorneys worry it would lead to the execution of innocent people and - if it's applied retroactively, as Texas is requesting - it could potentially end ongoing appeals for a number of death row prisoners and make them eligible for execution dates.
"Opt-in would speed up the death penalty treadmill exponentially," said Kathryn Kase, an longtime defense attorney and former executive director of Texas Defender Services.
But a state attorney general spokeswoman framed the request to the Justice Department as a necessary way to avoid "stressful delays" and cut down on the "excessive costs" of lengthy federal court proceedings.
Robbie Kaplan, co-founder of the #TimesUp movement, says sweeping changes to laws in recent years have dissuaded attorneys from taking on har…

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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