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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and brushing aside concerns about its many flaws.
That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

Vietnam: Two sentenced to death for drug smuggling

Ta Anh Tuan (R) and Nguyen Hong Quan
VIETNAM - Two men sentenced to death for transporting 16 kilograms of heroin from Son La to Hanoi.

The Hanoi People's Court sentenced Ta Anh Tuan, 41, and Nguyen Hong Quan, 36, to death for drug smuggling.

According to the prosecutors, Tuan confessed that he was hired to transport the drugs from Son La Province near the Laos border to Hanoi, around 400 kilometers to the west, for VND120 million ($5,300) and he asked his friend Quan, to join.

On December 4, 2017, they drove to Son La and received a bag of 15.5 kilograms of heroin and around half a kilo of methamphetamine worth a total of VND7 billion ($307,000). 

Police in Hanoi's Ba Vi District arrested them early the next morning after inspecting their car. 

Tuan confessed that he had accepted to transport heroin for a man named Tho, but he had not been paid. 

Quan denied any involvement, saying he was just Tuan's driver.

Source: VnExpress, June 13, 2018


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