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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: Two hanged in public for 'waging war against God'

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
Two prisoners were hanged in public in the Kermanshah province on Moharebeh ('waging war against God') charges.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 10 2017): Two prisoners were hanged in public in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab (Kermanshah province, western Iran) on Moharebeh charges.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run media IRIB, the executions were carried out in public on the morning of Sunday January 8.

The prisoners were reportedly charged with armed robbery and the murder of a police officer.

Although the state-run media has not provided the names of the prisoners, the unofficial news agency, Kurdpa, has identified the two prisoners as Rouhollah Koshtemad and Sajjad Zarsineh.

Photos of the execution (via Iran Human Rights):

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.
A medieval theocracy and barbaric punishments

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.

Two men were hanged in public in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2017.


Source: Iran Human Rights, January 10, 2017

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