On 18 July 2014, the Central Narcotics Bureau announced the executions of two men, Tang Hai Liang, 36, and Foong Chee Peng, 48. The last executions in Singapore were reportedly carried out in 2011.
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US District Court Judge declares California’s death penalty system unconstitutional
On the 16 July, United States (US) District Court for the Central District of California Judge Cormac J. Carney passed a historic ruling declaring California’s death penalty system unconstitutional.
Judge Carney ruled that California's death penalty system violates the Eight Amendment of the US Constitution prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment, and that individuals facing death penalty in California "will have languished for so long on Death Row that their execution will serve no retributive or deterrent purpose and will be arbitrary."
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