To the litany of challenges facing Colorado’s state-licensed marijuana business owners, add another one: The federal government could — but probably won’t — try to execute them. This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to the nation’s federal prosecutors urging them to seek the death penalty in cases involving large-scale drug traffickers. The memo points to an existing but little-known federal law that already allows for such a punishment. Sessions’ memo talks largely about opioids, but federal law contains no such drug-specific limitation on prosecutors’ power. Trace the law’s meandering route through federal statutes and you’ll come to this conclusion: Anyone convicted of cultivating more than 60,000 marijuana plants or possessing more than 60,000 kilograms of a substance that contains marijuana could face death as a punishment. So, did Sessions just greenlight using the death penalty against the nation’s … [Read more...] about Jeff Sessions’ latest memo pushes prosecutors to seek the death penalty against big drug dealers. That could include legal marijuana business owners.
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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Amnesty International Indonesia has called on the Indonesian government to impose moratorium on execution in 2018, as a start toward abolishing the death penalty. "It is time for Indonesia to impose moratorium on all executions in 2018, as the first step toward the permanent abolition of the death penalty in Indonesia," Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia Usman Hamid said here, Thursday. A global report by Amnesty International has shown a declining trend in the number of death penalties awarded in the world from 1,032 in 2016 to 993 in 2017. The number has declined 39 percent compared with 2015, when the death penalty reached 1,643, the highest number documented by Amnesty International since 1989. "The declining global trend has opened the chance for Indonesia to review its capital punishment rules, and it has the capacity to do this," he said. During 2017, a few countries took bold measures to abolish the death penalty, Usman continued. … [Read more...] about Amnesty International Indonesia calls for moratorium on death penalty
News / World by Press Association 12/04/2018, 5:05 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A new annual report on the death penalty has called sub-Saharan Africa a “beacon of hope” amid a decline in executions worldwide. Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty for all crimes, Amnesty International said. Just two countries in the region, Somalia and South Sudan, carried out executions last year. Executions worldwide dropped again in 2017, with at least 993 recorded in 23 countries. That is down 4% from the year before and down 39% from 2015. At least 2,591 death sentences were recorded in 53 countries last year, down from a record high of 3,117 the year before, the London-based human rights organisation said. The numbers do not include the thousands of executions and death sentences that Amnesty International believes have occurred in China, where they are considered a … [Read more...] about Death penalty report reveals which country is the ‘world’s top executioner’
U.S. China Capital Punishment Death Penalty Executions Amnesty International China has been named the “world’s top executioner” amid a fall in global execution rates, according to Amnesty International, in an annual report. The report, released on Thursday, found that China executed more people than “the rest of the world combined” in 2017. The organization believes Beijing carried out thousands of executions last year, but the exact figure remains classified as a state secret. Executions worldwide, not including China, dropped for the second year in a row. There were 993 recorded executions across 23 countries, a figure that is 4 percent lower than 2016 and 36 percent lower from 2015. Demonstrators march through a courtyard during a rally protesting against the death penalty and in favor of immigration reform, organized by "Catholics Against the Death Penalty-Southern California" during the four-day 2017 Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, … [Read more...] about China Still ‘World’s Top Executioner’ As Global Death Penalty Rates Fall
Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic. The scourge has torn through the rural and working-class communities that in large numbers voted for Trump. And the president, though he has come under criticism for being slow to unveil his plan, has seized on harsh sentences as key to stopping the plague. "Toughness is the thing that they most fear," Trump said. The president made his announcement in New Hampshire, a state hit hard by opioids and an early marker for the re-election campaign he has already announced. Trump called for broadening education and awareness about drug addiction while expanding access to proven treatment and recovery efforts. But the backbone of his plan is to toughen punishments for those caught trafficking highly addictive drugs. President Trump outlined the White House’s plans to curb the opioid epidemic, … [Read more...] about Trump Calls for Death Penalty to ‘Get Tough’ on Drug Pushers