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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 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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