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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…

Karawang migrant worker returns home after escaping death penalty in Saudi Arabia

Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan
Indonesian migrant worker Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan has returned home after being freed from the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

The 47-year-old from Karawang, West Java, arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday evening.

She had been sentenced to death in 2011 after being found guilty of murdering her employer’s child in Saudi Arabia. Nurkoyah, however, appealed and was acquitted in April this year.

During her trial, Nurkoyah received legal assistance from the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh and lawyer Mishal Shareef.

“Nurkoyah's return is very special because she was accompanied all the way to her hometown by her lawyer Mishal Shareef, a well-known lawyer in Saudi who has been working intensively on several legal cases implicating Indonesian citizens,” Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said in a statement on Wednesday.

Nurkoyah’s family in Kertajaya village had been waiting eagerly for her return on Wednesday.  

"Finally, my sister is home. This is the result of our family’s prayers and efforts," Bean, Nurkoyah’s older sibling, said as quoted by kompas.com

During her 11 years in Saudi Arabia, Nurkoyah spent three years employed as a domestic worker and the remaining eight years facing legal proceedings following her arrest in 2010.

Source: Jakarta Post, July 5, 2018


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