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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…

Iran: Five Prisoners Executed

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (NOV 7 2016): On Saturday November 5, Iranian authorities reportedly executed at least five prisoners.

A prisoner with murder charges and two prisoners with drug-related charges were executed at Lakan Prison in Rasht (Gilan province, northern Iran), and two prisoners with drug-related charges were executed at Parsilon Prison in Khorramabad (Lorestan province, western Iran).

A report by the state-run news agency Diyarmirza identifies the prisoners who were executed at Lakan Prison as: A.Y., 54 years old, charged with trafficking and possessing five kilograms of heroin and 350 grams of crystal meth; K.Y., 30 years old, charged with organizing and managing the purchase activties of the other defendants and also trafficking five kilograms of heroin; and A.A., 27 years old, charged with murder. A report by the human rights news agency HRANA identifies the prisoner "A.A." as Aref Alinasb.

Close sources to Iran Human Rights have identified the prisoners who were executed at Parsilon Prison as: Alireza Dervishi and Hojat (surname unknown at this time), both charged with trafficking and possessing 10 kilograms of narcotics. Both of these prisoners were reportedly detained for eight years before they were executed.

A source close to Alireza and Hojat tells Iran Human Rights that they were denied their right to an attorney. The source also says that Alireza and Hojat had no previous criminal record related to narcotics.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 7, 2016

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