In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

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…

German sentenced to 10 years prison for carrying drugs into Bali

Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison
A Bali court has sentenced a German man to 10 years prison for carrying drugs onto the Indonesian island.

Siegfried Karl Achim Ruckel heard his penalty before a panel of judges in Denpasar District Court on Thursday.

“The defendant is guilty of possessing and carrying drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin,” Judge Ni Made Purnami said, while reading out the decision.

“He is sentenced to imprisonment for ten years and a fine of IDR1 billion (US$69k). If he does not pay the fine, an additional time of seven months in prison,” Purnami said, as quoted by Okezone.

The decision is actually lightest than the prosecutor’s demands of 15 years, a IDR1 billion fine or an additional 10 months.

The 55-year-old was found carrying 7.09 grams of heroin and 2.57 grams of methamphetamine into Bali from Berlin on January 26, 2018.

Customs officers were suspicious of the German’s movements and carried out an in-depth examination of Ruckel and his mother, when they found heroin and meth.

The German was convicted under Article 113 Paragraph 2 of Indonesia’s Law no. 35 no. 2009 concerning narcotics.

A popular tourist destination, Bali is a choice destination for traffickers and recreational users. 

In July alone this year, three foreigners were arrested at the airport in separate cases over attempted drug smuggling.

Source: Coconut Bali, August 3, 2018

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