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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.
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…

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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