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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 for Inmate, Cop Controlling Drug Ring From Behind Bars

Bali's Kerobokan Prison
Bali's Kerobokan Prison
The Surabaya District Court on Tuesday (01/03) sentenced to death a female prison inmate for controlling a drug syndicate from behind bars with the help of a police officer and his wife, who also received the death penalty.

Tri Diah Toriassiah, also known as Susi, was serving a 7-year jail term in East Java's Porong prison in Sidoarjo district for another drug crime when she was found to have distributed at least 50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of Rp 6 billion ($450,958), the court ruled.

Susi had enlisted the help of Adj. First Insp. Abdul Latif of the Sedati Subdistrict Police and his wife Indri Rahmawati to pick up shipments from a former inmate named Yoyok and distribute them to drug dealers across Surabaya, Indonesia's 2nd biggest city.

"Despite being in prison for drug offenses, Susi continued to run her [narcotics] business by working with Yoyok; the volume of drugs [they distributed] was huge," presiding judge Kamaruddin Simanjuntak said on Tuesday afternoon.

The judges unanimously agreed to hand her the death sentence.

Source: Jakarta Globe, March 1, 2016

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