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

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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…

Indonesian Police Seize 70 Kilos of Crystal Meth in Tangerang Drug Bust

Indonesia meth bust (file photo)
Tangerang, Banten. Police confiscated more than 70 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in a drug bust at the Arcadia Housing Complex in Batuceper, a subdistrict of Tangerang, Banten, on Monday (23/05), shortly after they arrested two members of an international drug syndicate at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Soekarno-Hatta Airport chief Sr. Comr. Roycke Harry Langie told Detikcom made the raid after receiving tip-offs from the two drug suspects—identified with initials S and A—who were arrested with 2.3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in their possession at the airport on May 16.

Police learned that both suspects were members of an international drug syndicate which intended to smuggle a large amount of crystal methamphetamine from Taiwan.

The 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine, known by its street name "sabu," found at theArcadia Housing Complex were packed into 14 different bags.

“The drugs belong to a Taiwan national and we are still investigating the case,” Roycke said in Tangerang on Monday night.

Roycke said the syndicate tried to smuggle the drugs by hiding them inside small generators.

“The drugs were hidden under a 20-centimeter long steel sheet inside the small generators. They're quite hard to detect. We spent at least four hours opening up the generators,” said Roycke.

Last month, police seized more than 80 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, most of them smuggled from China and Iran and in chocolate parcels and glue bottles, in a three-week operation across the Greater Jakarta area. Nine people, including four Malaysian, Chinese, Iranian and Nigerian nationals, were arrested during the bust.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 24, 2016

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