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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…

Four Prisoners Executed in Northern Iran

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (SEPT 28 2016): A prisoner sentenced to death for murder was reportedly executed at Urmia Prison while two prisoners in Shahroud and one prisoner in Gorgan prisons were reportedly executed on drug related charges.

According to reports by the unofficial news agency, HRANA, early morning on Monday September 26, a prisoner was hanged at Darya, Urmia's central prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran). 

The report identifies the prisoner as Amir Behrouz. 

On Sunday September 25, a prisoner -- identified as Javad Sanjehvali, 33, sentenced to death for drug related offenses -- was reportedly hanged at Gorgan Prison (Golestan province, northern Iran). 

On Thursday September 22, two prisoners sentenced to death for drug related offenses were reportedly hanged at Shahrud Prison (Semnan province, northern Iran). 

HRANA identifies the prisoners as Hossein Arabahmadi, 27, and Rahmatali Saadatiar, 40. 

According to the report, Hossein and Rahmatali were imprisoned and in imminent danger of execution for five to ten years before they were hanged. 

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have been silent on the executions in this report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, September 28, 2016

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