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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…

Young Prisoner Hanged in Public in Northwestern Iran

Bystanders, including young children, watch a public hanging on Jan. 8, 2016
Northwestern Iran: as a crowd including young children watch, a young man is hanged in public by Iranian authorities.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 8 2016): Late morning on Thursday January 7, a prisoner was hanged in public on murder charges.

According to Iran state run media Tabnak, a 25-year-old prisoner was hanged in public at a city square in Shabestar (located in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan).

The report does not mention the name of the prisoner.

Unofficial reports identify the prisoner as Reza Jalili Alishahi.

According to photos IHR retrieved from Alishahi's execution, young children were present among the crowd who showed up to watch the hanging.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 8, 2016

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