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America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

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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…

Sri Lanka: List of drug traffickers with death penalty to be handed to President today; Judicial executioners sought

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The Ministry of justice says the list of convicted drug traffickers who were sentenced with capital punishment is ready to be produced before the President, today.

The list has been compiled by the Justice Ministry in accordance with an order issued by the President.

President, yesterday (11), stated that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention.

Reinstating of capital punishment was discussed at length at the Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday (10).

Meanwhile, Department of Prisons said that they will discuss with the ministry on implementing the death penalty, in the coming few days.

Commissioner General of Prisons Nishan Danasinghe says that there are many urgent measures that should be taken in order to implement the death penalty.

As the position of the executioner is currently vacated, the vacancy must be filled immediately, he pointed out.

Prison Department To Call Applications For Judicial Executioners


The government decided to call for applications to the post of Judicial Executioner, which has been vacant since 2015. 

The decision comes after cabinet approval was granted to allow capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers.

Prison Media Spokesperson, Thushara Upuldeniya said there are 2 vacancies in the post of Judicial Executioner.

Meanwhile, Upuldeniya noted that the equipment and the rope used to execute death penalty have already been imported and stored at the Prisons Department.

According to Upuldeniya, although measures were taken to recruit people to the post twice before, both previous applicants have left after the training period.

At present, there are 13 inmates sentenced to death, over drug offenses.

Sources: adaderana.lk, newsfirst.lk, July 12, 2018


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