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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…

Egypt: Military court upholds death sentences for 8 civilians

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
12 others sentenced to life in prison, 6 others to 15 years and 2 were acquitted

The West Cairo Military Court upheld on Sunday death sentences for 8 civilians and sentenced 12 others to life in prison in the case publicly known as the "specialised intelligence committee" case.

6 defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison and 2 others were acquitted. 2 of those given the death penalty were sentenced in absentia.

The Sunday verdict came after it had previously been postponed three times since the court initially referred the files of 8 of the defendants to the grand mufti, a procedural step prior to approving final death sentences, on 7 February.

For 2 sessions the reason for postponement was that the mufti did not send back his judgment on the case, which is used for consulting and not binding to the court.

Some of the defendants in the case were considered by rights groups and activists as having been "forcibly disappeared" before being shown in a video, released by the Ministry of Defence in July 2015, confessing to being members of a terrorist network and claiming responsibility for attacks on state facilities and personnel.

Source: Daily News Egypt, May 29, 2016

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