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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…

Indonesia: Supreme Court rejects Freddy Budiman’s case review

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict Freddy Budiman (center).
Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict
Freddy Budiman (center).
The Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict Freddy Budiman, who was found guilty of smuggling 1.4 million ecstasy pills from China and is awaiting execution.

Previously, Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said Freddy was on the list of death row convicts to be executed in an upcoming third round of executions.

Prasetyo said the execution would not take place until the Supreme Court issued a decision on the case review.

“Yes, it is true that his case review has been rejected,” Supreme Court spokesman Ridwan Mansyur said on Friday as reported by kompas.com.

Freddy is also accused of coordinating further drug trafficking operations from inside prison, and was therefore moved to the high security prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, from his previous prison in Bogor, West Java.

On the court’s website, it was reported that the case review was received by the Supreme Court on July 13 from the West Jakarta District Court after it was submitted by Freddy’s lawyer, Untung Sunaryo.

The decision was made during a court hearing presided over by judge Andi Samsan Nganro with a panel of two judges, comprising Salman Luthan and Syarifuddin.

Freddy was sentenced to death by the West Jakarta District Court in 2012.

Source: Jakarta Post, July 22, 2016


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