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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…

Turkish Inmate Escapes Nusakambangan Prison

Nusakambangan island, Indonesia
Jakarta. Saman Hasan, also known as Messi, a Turkish prisoner, has reportedly escaped the Besi Prison in Nusakambangan Island, Cilacap, Central Java, an official said on Friday (01/07).

The drug convict was found to be missing from the prison on Thursday at around 4 p.m. when the wardens checked all prisoners.

“We have cooperated with Cilacap Police to search the escaped prisoner. We also formed an internal team and Justice and Human Rights Agency was involved to handle the case and give advice,” Central Java Justice Agency Molyanto told Antara news agency on Friday.

The escaped prisoner had only eight months left in his sentence after he was convicted to 12 years imprisonment for drug smuggling in 2005.

Messi allegedly fled the prison to Kampung Laut village on a motorcycle after finishing his community service duties outside the prison. He had been appointed a "companion inmate," a status granted to well-behaved prisoners who are allowed to leave the jail during the day.

Personnel police and military officers have been deployed to pursue the escaped inmate.

Source: Jakarta Globe, July 1, 2016

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