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NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

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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