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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…

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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