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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…

Japan: Diet enacts law for mandatory recording of suspect questioning

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CRIME MAY. 25, 2016 - 06:49AM JST ( 25 ) TOKYO — The Japanese Diet on Tuesday enacted a law to make a series of changes to criminal proceedings, including obligating police and prosecutors to record interrogations of suspects and expanding the scope of wiretapping by investigators.

But questions remain regarding whether the measures will sufficiently protect people from facing false charges, with the number of cases subject to audiovisual recording to improve the transparency of investigations limited to around 3% of total offenses.

Under the law, which will be brought into effect within three years, the entirety of interrogation processes must be recorded in cases subject to lay judge trials, including murder and robbery resulting in death, as well as cases investigated by special prosecutor squads, which often deal with corporate crimes and corruption.

Recording will also be limited to the questioning of “suspects,” not “defendants” detained after being indicted in different cases. As an exception, investigators will be allowed to stop recording if they decide a suspect is being uncooperative.

The law also expands the range of cases in which investigators can wiretap phones and e-mails by adding nine further types of crimes including murder, fraud and robbery, and drug crime.

A plea bargaining system will also be introduced, in which prosecutors will agree not to indict or to withdraw an indictment if the suspect or defendant gives evidence against another person.

The bill to revise the Code of Criminal Procedure and other laws passed the House of Councillors last week. It was sent to the House of Representatives for passage on Tuesday.

Source: Japan Today, May 25, 2016

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