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Texas: With a man's execution days away, his victims react with fury or forgiveness

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For the past 3 months, Christopher Anthony Young has awoken in his 10-by-6 foot concrete cell on death row and had to remind himself: He's scheduled to die soon.
As the day crept closer, the thought became more constant for Young, who's sentenced to die for killing Hasmukh "Hash" Patel in 2004.
"What will it feel like to lay on the gurney?" he asks himself. "To feel the needle pierce my vein?"
Mitesh Patel, who was 22 when Young murdered his father, has anxiously anticipated those moments, as well. He wonders how he will feel when he files into the room adjacent to the death chamber and sees Young just feet away through a glass wall.
For years, Patel felt a deep hatred for Young. He wanted to see him die. Patel knew it wouldn't bring his father back. But it was part of the process that started 14 years ago when Young, then 21, gunned down Hash Patel during a robbery at Patel's convenience store on the Southeast Side of San Antonio.
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Thailand: NRSA approves death penalty for corruption exceeding 1 billion baht

The National Reform Steering Assembly unanimously endorsed by 155 votes with 7 abstentions a report by its political reform panel which proposed stiffer penalties, including death, against corrupt politicians.

Mr Seri Suwanpanont, chair of the NRSA's political reform committee, clarified after the assembly meeting that corruption has been a serious problem that has undermined the country for a long time.

He claimed that his panel did not initiate the capital punishment but merely complied with the Criminal Code without any intention to hurt any particular group of people but merely intended to discourage people from getting involved in corruption.

Besides, he noted that only a handful of people who amassed more than 1 billion baht in ill-gotten gains from corrupt practices.

The report proposed varying degrees of punishments in accordance with the amount of money amassed from corruption: 5 years for amount less than 1 million baht; 10 years from amounts over 1 million baht up to 10 million baht; 20 years for amounts over 10 million baht up to 100 million baht; life imprisonment for amounts over 100 million baht up to 1 billion baht; and death penalty for amount exceeding 1 billion baht.

Seri defended that the report was meant to make it clear to political office holders of the consequences they would face if they are corrupt.

Mr Kasit Bhiromya, an assemblyman, rejected the death penalty, saying that as a Buddhist, he disagreed with the capital punishment.

The report will be fine-tuned before it is sent to the cabinet, the National Legislative Assembly, the Constitution Drafting Committee, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Constitutional Court, the Election Commission and the National Human Rights Commission for consideration.

Source: pattayamail.com, January 11, 2017

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