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No Second Chances: What to Do After a Botched Execution

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Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. The state shouldn't get a second chance.
The pathos and problems of America's death penalty were vividly on display yesterday when Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. Immediately after its failure Gov. John Kasich set June 5, 2019, as a new execution date.
This plan for a second execution reveals a glaring inadequacy in the legal standards governing botched executions in the United States.
Campbell was tried and sentenced to die for murdering 18-year-old Charles Dials during a carjacking in 1997. After Campbell exhausted his legal appeals, he was denied clemency by the state parole board and the governor.
By the time the state got around to executing Campbell, he was far from the dangerous criminal of 20 years ago. As is the case with many of America's death-row inmates, the passage of time had inflicted its own punishments.
The inmate Ohio strapped onto the gurney was a 69-year-old man afflicted with serious ailm…

4 sentenced to death in China for killing mine workers

4 people were sentenced to death today in China for killing 3 mine workers and faking accidents at coal mines to claim compensation.

Wu Youxin, Chen Xiaoxin, Liu Quanyou and Liu Xianggang were suspected of killing 3 people between 2009 and 2011 in private coal mines with sticks or hammers, the Intermediate People's Court of Yangquan City said.

According to the court, they then asked Wu's wife and sister or hired others to pose as relatives of the victims and demand compensation, cheating mine owners of more than 890,000 yuan, state run Xinhua news agency reported today.

Wu, who masterminded the scheme, was fined 80,000 yuan and sentenced to death.

Chen, Liu Quanyou and Liu Xianggang, who committed the murders along with Wu, also received death penalty.

Wu was blackmailing a disabled man who accidentally drowned in an underground pit.

Xiong Zijin, who also stood trial, claimed to be the man's brother and blackmailed the mine owner for 165,000 yuan.

Xiong split the money with the other 4 suspects soon after. Xiong was fined 120,000 yuan and sentenced to prison for 7 years for fraud and blackmail.

All the defendants have appealed. The crimes, which resemble the plot of the award-winning movie "Blind Shaft," is not the 1st such case in China.

In July, a court in north China upheld the death sentence for 5 people who killed 4 miners and faked accidents at coal mines to claim compensation

Source: Press Trust of India, December 3, 2015

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