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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…

Saudi Arabia: Ethiopian woman executed for murder

Public beheading by the sword in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public beheading by the sword in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Sunday executed an Ethiopian for killing a Saudi woman while she was praying.

“Jinat Damti Farid, an Ethiopian woman, was executed in Taif Governorate in the Makkah region today for killing Ghaliah Bint Eidha Bin Saeed Al Harthi, a Saudi woman, by striking her with an axe on her head and back several times while she was praying, then taking two gold rings from her hand, and cash,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

“The General Court convicted the murderer, and the sentence was endorsed by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. A royal order was issued to execute the sentence,” the ministry said.

The statement added that the Saudi government was fully committed to upholding security, ensuring justice and carrying out the orders against anyone who attacked innocent people and shed blood.

Rights experts have raised concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom, where the interior ministry says the death penalty is a deterrent to crime.

Amnesty says Saudi Arabia had the world's 3rd-highest number of executions last year, after China and Iran.

Under the kingdom's strict Islamic legal code, murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape, homosexuality and apostasy are all punishable by death.

Source: Gulf News, AFP, January 10, 2016

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