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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…

No pardon for drug traffickers in Indonesia: Ambassador

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The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, on Saturday ruled out any clemency for anyone caught carrying narcotic drugs in his country.

He said that his home government would not grant pardon to anyone involved in drug trafficking in Indonesia.

Purwanto disclosed this in Lagos while reacting to a report that 2 Nigerians were on death row in Indonesia for drug-related offences.

The envoy said that capital punishment would be meted to Nigerians who engaged in narcotic crimes, as well as to other foreigners and Indonesians engaging in the criminal acts.

"Let me say that Indonesia, currently, has very strict punishment measures for anyone engaged or that is planning to engage in drug trafficking.

"Let me also say that between 72 and 75 young Indonesians that were involved in narcotic crimes are currently in detention.

"My president, President Joko Widodo, is really committed to fighting drug trafficking, and has continued to maintain a firm stance against anyone arrested for involving in narcotic crime.

"So, there will be no clemency for anyone, be they Indonesians or other foreigners, arrested for drug-related offences," he said.

According to him, Indonesia will always resort to capital punishment after it has thoroughly investigated and exhausted the necessary legal processes.

Harry, however, said that his government would, sometime, only give consideration to arrested pregnant women, teenagers and mentally-deranged offenders.

The ambassador appealed to Nigerians to desist from visiting Indonesia for drug related-offences or allowed themselves to be used for drug trafficking.

Harry said that the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and Indonesia would be stronger, if people of both countries obey the laws of their host countries.

Source: pmnewsnigeria.com, May 15, 2016

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