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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.
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Philippines death penalty: ‘The cheaper, the better’

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez
SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez said the debate on the method of executing death convicts should focus more on cost―the cheaper, the better.

In an interview with reporters, Alvarez said lawmakers should not make a big deal of how a death convict should be killed, whether through hanging or firing squad or lethal injection.

“[Lawmakers] should not argue if death by hanging, firing squad or lethal injection was better, all of them will end up dead anyway,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez’s preference was for a low-cost method to save on government resources.

“Whatever is cheaper. As Sen. [Manny] Pacquiao (who preferred the hanging method) said, you just kick the chair,” said Alvarez.

He proposed that the Executive branch be allowed to make the decision on the mode of execution. President Duterte has announced in his campaign he wanted the shock value of a double hanging.

Alvarez has filed a resolution reimposing the death penalty on heinous crimes which was abolished in 2006, adding he was determined to have it approved by Congress to deter the worsening crime rate in the country.

Source: inquirer.net, August 10, 2016 (local time)

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