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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…

Julian McMahon: The Politics of Executions

At the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference 2016, barrister Julian McMahon, who represented Van Tuong Nguyen and Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, looks at the politics of executions in Asia, with specific reference to the Philippines and Indonesia.- Melbourne, July 2016

Source: The Monthly, September 1, 2016





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