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

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 to Resume Executions of Drug Convicts

Jakarta. Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo hinted on Friday (08/04) that executions of drug traffickers would resume, following the completion of his office's inventory of death-row inmates.

"Surely, we have never said the executions would seize. We will continue when the time is right," Prasetyo said in Jakarta. He added that the executions would most probably take place within a few months.

However, Prasetyo declined to mention the names of any death-row inmates who might be considered for execution this year, as the Attorney General's Office was still processing the details. 

As in previous executions, the AGO will likely prioritize drug convicts.

Indonesia executed 14 convicts last year, including nationals of Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands and Nigeria, by firing squad despite repeated pleas for mercy from foreign governments and international organizations and activists.

Amid international outrage, Indonesia postponed other scheduled executions. Officials said it was so the government could focus on reviving the flagging economy.

Source: Jakarta Globe, April 8, 2016

3.4 Kilos of Meth Found in Police Officer’s Home

Pinrang, South Sulawesi. Around 3.4 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine were confiscated from a police officer’s home in Pinrang district, South Sulawesi on Thursday evening (07/04).

South Sulawesi Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Frans Barung said the drugs were seized during a raid at the home of police officer Brig. Supardi, who serves the Sidenreng Rappang District Police.

As reported by Tribunnews, the police team — led by Pinrang Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Adri Irniadi — found 400 grams of meth in the suspect’s cupboard and another four kilograms was found in a storage room.

No arrests were made during the raid as the suspect is currently undergoing a police training.

Investigations are continuing.

Source: Jakarta Globe, April 8, 2016

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