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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…

Journalists among six facing death penalty in Egypt for ‘spying for Qatar’

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
An Egyptian court has sought the death penalty for six men including three journalists charged with endangering national security by spying for Qatar.

The verdict against former president Mohamed Mursi, who is charged in the same case, was postponed until June 18 – when the final ruling for all those on trial is due.

A decision in his case had already been postponed last month to allow for more consultations.

The death sentences have been referred to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding opinion.

Two of the journalists – Jordanian national Alaa Omar Sablan and Ibrahim Mohammed Helal – work for Al Jazeera. The third, Asmaa Al Khateeb is a reporter for Rassd, a pro-Muslim Brotherhood news network. They were sentenced in abstentia.

Reports say that sentences for those tried in abstentia are automatically dismissed, pending a new trial should they return to Egypt.

One of those convicted, Ibrahim Helal, has been quoted as saying that the evidence was unconvincing and that the verdict was a badge of honour.

Al Jazeera, which is based in Qatar, has rejected Egypt’s allegations that the network was collaborating with the Mursi government.

The Muslim Brotherhood leader has already been sentenced three times after separate trials – to death, a life term and 20 years in prison.

The prosecution in the latest case alleged that Mursi and 10 co-defendants had leaked “classified documents” containing national security secrets to Qatar, in exchange for money.

Relations between the two countries have been icy since the military overthrew Mursi in July 2013.

Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi had barely completed a year in office when he was deposed and detained.

It followed months of protests which began when he issued a presidential decree placing his decisions above judicial review.

There followed a period of repression on Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters. More than 1,000 were killed and thousands arrested and imprisoned.

Source: euronews, May 8, 2016

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