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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…

Singapore: Kho Jabing to be hanged next Friday

Kho Jabing
Kho Jabing
Family of Sarawakian convicted of murder in Singapore told to make arrangements for his body to be flown back to Miri after execution.

Sarawakian Kho Jabing is set to be executed by Singapore's prison authorities next Friday.

According to Malay Mail Online today, the convicted killer's sister, Jumai Kho said that they received a letter 2 days ago from Singapore, notifying them of the scheduled execution.

She said the letter, which was addressed to her mother Lenduk Baling, asked the family to make preparations to take Jabing's body back to Miri after the execution. Lenduk is in shock and unable to accept the news.

Jumai said the family was working with NGO "We Believe in 2nd Chances", to fly to Singapore, and are also assessing the options available.

She told the portal that the family had been under the impression that Kho would be spared the noose, pending a fresh clemency petition they had intended to push through last month.

Kho's 1st plea for clemency was rejected in October last year.

Kho, 31, from Ulu Baram, Sarawak, was found guilty of killing a Chinese construction worker with a tree branch in 2008 during a robbery attempt. He was sentenced to death in 2010.

In 2013, the Singapore government amended the mandatory death penalty that gave judges the discretion to choose between death and life imprisonment with caning for murder, as well as certain cases of drug trafficking.

In August 2013, following revisions to the mandatory death penalty laws, the High Court sentenced him to life and 24 strokes of the cane instead. It was then again revised to the death penalty after the prosecution challenged the decision before the Court of Appeal.

Kho was scheduled to be executed on Nov 6, but received a stay the day before after his lawyer filed a motion raising points of law about the case's handling.

Source: freemalaysiatoday.com, May 13, 2016


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