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Will the U.S. Supreme Court add the fate of the death penalty to a term already fraught with hot-button issues like partisan gerrymandering, warrantless surveillance, and a host of contentious First Amendment disputes?
That’s the hope of an ambitious Supreme Court petition seeking to abolish the ultimate punishment. But it runs headlong into the fact that only two justices have squarely called for a reexamination of the death penalty’s constitutionality.
Abel Hidalgo challenges Arizona’s capital punishment system—which sweeps too broadly, he says, because the state’s “aggravating factors” make 99 percent of first-degree murderers death-eligible—as well as the death penalty itself, arguing it’s cruel and unusual punishment.
He’s represented by former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal—among the most successful Supreme Court practitioners last term. Hidalgo also has the support of several outside groups who filed amicus briefs on his behalf, notably one from a group including Ari…

5 Taiwanese arrested in Indonesia for smuggling 60 kg of meth

Indonesian Police Officers in Cilacap, Central Java, off Nusakambangan penal island
Indonesia police arrested 5 Taiwanese suspects Thursday during a raid on a private residence in Jakarta, where they found 60 kilograms of the drug of methamphetamine, according to Indonesian authorities.

Investigators have determined that the drug was being supplied by a crime ring based in Taiwan, said Indonesian National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar on Thursday.

During the raid on the apartment in Ancol, North Jakarta, police arrested 1 Indonesian and 5 Taiwanese, who are now being interrogated, he said.

It is not the 1st time that Taiwanese drug suspects have been arrested in Indonesia, a county where the maximum penalty for drug offenses is death.

In January, the Supreme Court of Indonesia sentenced 3 Taiwanese to death for attempting to smuggle more than 2 kilograms of amphetamine each into the country, through Jakarta International Airport, in 2014.

A few months later, in April, Indonesian police arrested another Taiwanese suspect in Jakarta who was found with 12 kg of methamphetamine.

Earlier this month, a Taiwanese citizen was arrested in Jakarta after 15 kg of methamphetamine was found at his residence.

Source: Focus Taiwan, August 20, 2016

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