Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Ex-Security Guard To Hang For Murdering Woman, Copulating With Corpse

The convicted murderer of Perak Veterinary Department deputy director Dr Rohani Kassim lost his final bid to escape the gallows after the Federal Court dismissed his appeal against his conviction and death sentence.

In handing down the verdict on Syahmie Hassan, a 5-man bench led by Tun Md Raus Sharif unanimously ruled that after reading the evidence adduced during the trial, they found that there was no reason to interfere with the Court of Appeal's decision which upheld the appellant's conviction and sentence.

Syahmie, 27, a former security guard who had murdered the victim and copulated with the body, was found guilty of the offence by the Ipoh High Court in Perak on July 31, 2015, and was sentenced to death.

He had killed Dr Rohani, 38, inside an apartment unit in Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan, Permai Lake View in Ulu Kinta, Perak, between 6pm and 7.30pm, on Aug 3, 2011.

Evidence showed that he did not only murder Dr Rohani by choking her to death but he then had sex with her corpse after breaking into her apartment.

The other judges who presided were Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim, Tan Sri Jeffery Tan Kok Wha and Datuk Alizatul Khair Osman Khairuddin.

Earlier, Syahmie's counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik argued that failure on the prosecution's part to call a psychiatrist as witness was perjudicial to his client.

Deputy public prosecutor Faizah Mohd Salleh said the burden of proof in a defence of insanity lies on the appellant, not the prosecution.

On May 18, 2016, the Court of Appeal upheld Syahmie's conviction and death penalty ruling that there was no grounds for insanity.

It was previously reported that the body of a woman wrapped in a thick blanket was found on a staircase.

The suspect at that time was carrying the body to dispose it when he was caught by security guards.

Source: malaysiandigest.com, January 11, 2018

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