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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…

Mary Jane Veloso's fate up to Indonesia

Mary Jane Veloso
Malacanang has said that the fate of convicted Filipino drug mule Mary Jane Veloso is in the hands of the Indonesian government following her request to President Duterte to let her testify against her recruiters on her 33rd birth anniversary last Jan. 10.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, in a Palace press briefing, said the President's hands are tied since she is detained in a foreign country.

"I don't understand what exactly the President can do in this regard. She is detained in foreign soil because of breach Indonesian penal laws," Roque said.

"She continues to be alive despite being meted the death penalty. But there is such a thing as 'sovereignty,' and the matter is completely in the hands of the Indonesian government," he added.

Roque said that the Indonesian government has been showing clemency since her death was put off.

"I think the Indonesia government, by not carrying out the punishment of death penalty, has shown clemency on a daily basis," he said.

Veloso is on death row and was supposed to be executed by firing squad after smuggling 2.6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia in 2010. She denied having knowledge about the contraband.

Source: tempo.com.ph, January 11, 2018


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