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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…

Morocco: King Mohammed VI Pardons 1,272 Convicts on Throne Day

King Mohammed VI
On the the Throne Day, to be celebrated on Saturday in Morocco, King Mohammed VI granted pardon to 1,272 persons who were convicted by different courts across the Kingdom, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement.

The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are 992:

-- 11 inmates benefited from the pardon over their remaining prison term.

-- 939 inmates had their prison terms reduced.

-- Sentences for 23 convicts were commuted from death penalty to life imprisonment.

-- 19 inmates had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.


The free beneficiaries of the pardon are 280:

-- 53 inmates benefited from pardon over their imprisonment term or remaining prison term.

-- 15 inmates had their prison sentences dropped and fines maintained.

-- 12 inmates benefited from pardon over their prison terms and fines

-- 200 inmates had their fines annulled.

Pardon is granted to a number of prisoners by the Sovereign on the occasion of religious and major national celebrations.

Source: moroccoworldnews.com, July 31, 2016

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