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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…

Two Suspected Taiwanese Drug Smugglers Arrested in Bali

Taiwanese nationals Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia
Taiwanese nationals Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly
smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia. (JG)
Denpasar. Police and immigration officers arrested two Taiwanese nationals who allegedly smuggled 70 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to the country last week at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali, on Saturday (28/05).

Speaking to reporters in Denpasar on Sunday, Ronny F. Sompie, the Justice Ministry's Immigration Affairs general director, said immigration officers and police at the airport nabbed the Taiwanese nationals when they were about to leave for Taiwan at around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine, known by its street name "sabu," by hiding it in small generators.

The two were recorded entering Bali on Monday last week. On Tuesday, police found the same amount of crystal methamphetamine packed into 14 different bags at the Arcadia Housing Complex in Tangerang, Banten.

Two couriers working for a drug syndicate reportedly led by the Taiwanese duo—identified by their initials S and A—were also arrested during the drug bust.

Chen and Hung have so far refused to admit the drugs found in Tangerang belonged to them. Both will be flown to Jakarta for further interrogation.

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

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 30, 2016

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