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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…

Virginia Death Row Inmates Ask Court to Keep Expanded Privileges

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's death row inmates say they fear the expanded privileges they recently received are only temporary and are asking a judge to forbid the state from reinstating what they consider to be "dehumanizing conditions."

Prison officials overhauled Virginia's death row policies this year after several inmates sued the state. 

Officials granted the seven men awaiting execution more recreation time, among other things.

But the inmates' attorneys say unless the court intervenes, there's nothing stopping officials from rolling back those changes and reinstating restrictions that they argue amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Prison officials reject the inmates' claim that their prior treatment was unconstitutional. 

Furthermore, they've asked the judge to rule in their favor, saying a trial is unnecessary because the previous policies are no longer in effect.

Source: AP, December 30, 2015

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