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On June 23, amidst all furor over its gun rights and abortion decisions, the Supreme Court handed down a little noticed death penalty decision, Nance v Ward . In that case, a five-Justice majority ruled that death row inmates could file suits using 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, a federal law that authorizes citizens to sue in federal court for the deprivation of rights, to bring suit alleging that an execution method violated the Eighth Amendment. Michael Nance, who was sentenced to death in 2002, will now be able to proceed with his suit contesting Georgia’s plan to execute him by lethal injection. Nance suffers from medical conditions that have compromised his veins. To use lethal injection, the only execution method now authorized by state law, prison authorities would have to “cut his neck” to establish an intravenous execution line. He also claims that his long-time use of a drug for back pain would diminish the effect of the sedative used in Georgia’s drug cocktail. Nance alleges that

South Korea | Court hands down rare death sentence for suspect in double murder case

A district court handed down a rare death sentence Thursday for a 53-year-old man for killing a woman for money and murdering an accomplice in December last year.

The man, Kwon Jae-chan, was charged with robbery and corpse abandonment in the double murder case after allegedly strangling the 50-something female acquaintance to death at a building in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, on Dec. 4.

He used her credit card to withdraw cash from an ATM and stole her jewelry while the woman's body was kept inside the trunk of a car.

The following day, Kwon murdered and buried a 40-something male accomplice on a hill near Eulwangri Beach on Yeongjong Island off the coast of Incheon.

Delivering the capital punishment, the Incheon District Court pointed out Kwon appears to have no possibility of reformation and shows no signs of serious repentance.

"Recovery of humanity cannot be expected from the accused," the court said, adding it is giving the death penalty to hold him accountable and prevent the recurrence of a similar crime.

Since its last execution on Dec. 30, 1997, South Korea has not carried out any death penalty, and the country is globally categorized as an "abolitionist in practice."

Handing out the capital punishment is still permissible under the law, and 60 people were serving time in prison at the end of 2020 after getting the death penalty.

Source: Yonhap News Agency, Staff, June 23, 2022






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