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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…

Justice Dept. will seek death penalty for accused Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof
Dylann Roof
Federal prosecutors will seek a death sentence for Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine parishioners in a Charleston, S.C., church last year.

“Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.”

State prosecutors had already announced their plans to seek the death penalty for Roof. 

While Roof had also been indicted on federal hate crime charges last summer, the Justice Department had not announced a decision about whether to seek a death sentence, causing the federal trial to be delayed multiple times.

An attorney had said that Roof would plead guilty to the federal hate crime charges, but also said he could not advise him until federal authorities decided on the death penalty.

Source: Washington Post, May 24, 2016


Dylann Roof case: Feds to seek death penalty

Federal prosecutors will seek a death sentence for Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine parishioners in a Charleston, S.C., church last year.

“Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.”

State prosecutors had already announced their plans to seek the death penalty for Roof. While Roof had also been indicted on federal hate crime charges last summer, the Justice Department had not announced a decision about whether to seek a death sentence, causing the federal trial to be delayed multiple times.

An attorney had said that Roof would plead guilty to the federal hate crime charges, but also said he could not advise him until federal authorities decided on the death penalty.

Source: CNN, May 24, 2016

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