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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…

Philippines: Death penalty restoration expected within 1 year

Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte
The restoration of the death penalty and the lowering of the age of criminal liability from 14 to nine years old may take effect in a year's time in order to sustain the success-bound anti-criminality program of the Duterte administration.

Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez said that the House supermajority should be expected to act on the two legislative proposals, and added that it will take Congress only a year's time to pass them.

Alvarez said Senate's cooperation is vital and urgent in order for Congress to pass the bills at the soonest possible time.

There is no constitutional issue that can stop the restoration of the death penalty for heinous crimes, the Davao del Norte lawmaker stressed.

He said that since the 1987 Constitution provides for the imposition of the death sentence for heinous crimes, all that Congress has to do is to define and classify what crimes the capital punishment may be applied to.

Alvarez said defects in the current Juvenile Justice Law will be addressed in order to further strengthen the fight against criminality in the country.

According to him, foremost in the provisions of the law is the determination of the age of criminal liability and discernment that is currently set at 15 years old.

Under the PDP-Laban proposal, criminal liability will be set at 9 years old.

Alvarez explained that the proposed age is 2 years higher than those provided under criminal laws of Singapore and many states in the United States. [????? - DPN]

Source: Manila Bulletin, July 28, 2016

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