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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.
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Malaysia: Trio may face death penalty for drug trafficking

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3 suspects may face the death penalty if found guilty after police found them with 1.9kg of cannabis believed obtained from a supplier in Kuala Lumpur via WeChat.

An operation carried out near a hotel at Bundusan at about 6pm last Friday saw a man and woman being nabbed with 6gm of the drug in their car.

District Police Chief DSP Mohd Haris Ibrahim said another suspect believed to be the supplier, who was walking towards the vehicle, tried to flee upon noticing police presence.

"He threw away a Poslaju package while trying to flee," Haris told a press conference at IPD Penampang, Monday.

He said the suspects allegedly received their supply from a dealer in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur.

After making an arrangement via WeChat, the drug is sent over through Poslaju.

He added that the drug seized was worth about RM5,000. The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which could lead to the death penalty and under Section 6 of the same Act which leads to a fine or jail, or both.

In another drug case, police arrested 2 men believed to be in their 20s, one of them a local, in a bust at a house at Kampung Luyang Baru, here, at about 1.30pm on the same day.

The suspects attempted to evade arrest which led to 1 of them sustaining injuries on his face, back and legs from falling.

Further investigations led to the discovery of a packet of Syabu weighing 5.01gm from the suspect.

The case is being investigated under Section 39A(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Source: Daily Express, June 12, 2018


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