FEATURED POST

Will the Supreme Court Kill The Death Penalty This Term?

Image
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…

Death for nine Filipinos over 2013 Malaysia invasion

9 Filipinos sentenced to death over 2013 Malaysia invasion
Nine Filipinos who were part of an armed group that invaded and occupied part of Malaysian Borneo in 2013, in an episode that left scores dead, have been sentenced to hang.

The bloody incursion by some 200 Islamic militants from the southern Philippines was inspired by a self-proclaimed Filipino sultanate's claims of historical dominion over the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island.

The assault, Malaysia's most serious security crisis in years, led to a siege between the militants and the country's armed forces who were sent to root them out.

At least 70 people were killed, mostly militants, over the 6-week ordeal.

The episode eventually fizzled out when some of the militants fled the palm oil plantation where they had been holed up and returned to the Philippines.

The 9 had initially been handed life sentences last year but prosecutors appealed for a stiffer penalty.

"With this current sentence, I am satisfied," Deputy Public Prosector Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told AFP.

"Hopefully this will deter other alien nations from intruding into Sabah and Malaysia."

He added that technically the 9 Filipinos were sentenced to death for "waging war against the King of Malaysia" and jail sentences of 13 to 18 years were handed out for "being a member of a terrorist group."

The Philippines said it would ask Malaysia to reconsider the death penalty.

Government official Raul Dado said Philippine officials in Malaysia are "meeting immediately with embassy lawyers".

A total of 800,000 Filipinos live in Sabah, making up about 1/4 of the population of the state, which is just a short boat ride from the southern Philippines.

The crisis at the time embarrassed both the Philippines and Malaysia, shining the spotlight on a porous border and locals' complaints of rampant illegal immigration and lawlessness.

The sentencing comes as Philippine troops continue an offensive to dislodge militants flying the Islamic State group flag who seized the southern city of Marawi more than 2 weeks ago.

Source: Agence France-Presse, June 8, 2017

⚑ | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; contact the webmaster, contact us: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com.


Opposed to Capital Punishment? Help us keep this blog up and running! DONATE!

Comments

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Execution date set for Missouri inmate with rare condition

Iran: Prisoner Hanged in Public

Cruel and Unusual: A Second Failed Execution in Ohio

Will the Supreme Court Kill The Death Penalty This Term?

Record 11 Taiwanese sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug crimes

UAE: Man who raped, killed eight-year-old boy Obaida executed

No Second Chances: What to Do After a Botched Execution

Former Virginia death row inmate Joseph Giarratano granted parole

South Carolina's 1st execution in 6 years set for Dec. 1

Charles Manson Was Sentenced to Death. Why Wasn't He Executed?