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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…

Singapore: 85 suspected drug offenders caught in latest CNB operation

Singapore's CNB drug bust
A 4-day drug bust by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), which ended on Friday (Aug 19) morning, resulted in the arrests of 85 suspected drug offenders.

Around 196g of heroin, 47g of 'Ice' and other suspected controlled drugs were also seized in the island-wide operation.

In the operation, 2 suspected drug traffickers were arrested by CNB officers in the vicinity of Havelock - a 55-year-old man, and his associate, a 51-year-old man. Both are Singaporeans.

Officers raided the hideout of the 55-year-old, who was also found to have small amounts of 'Ice' on him, and found 138g of heroin from within the unit. Numerous empty plastic straws, plastic sachets and a digital weighing scale were also recovered.

2 other suspected drug abusers, a 29-year-old male and a 31-year-old female, both of whom are also Singaporeans, were arrested shortly after the raid at the hideout.

Investigations into the drug activities of all the arrested people are ongoing.

A previous island-wise operation by CNB officers that took place early August saw 78 suspected offenders caught.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, anyone caught trafficking more than 15g of diamorphine (or pure heroin) can face the death penalty.

Source: todayonline.com, August 21, 2016

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