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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: Stoning Sentence for a Woman and a Man, Increasing Sentences of Brutal Amputations, Flogging

Medieval and barbaric: Public flogging in Iran
Medieval and barbaric: Public flogging in Iran
The criminal judiciary of the clerical regime in the Lorestan province sentenced a man and a woman to barbaric punishment of stoning (Kashkan state website, February 4, 2017). 

In another incident,Yoiusef Parvaneh, a 70 year old prisoner, has been transferred from Karaj Ghezel Hessar prison to Orumiyeh Central prison for carrying out the inhumane amputation of his fingers. 

His alleged charge is theft in 2009. Since the plaintiff in the case is a criminal revolutionary guard, the regime’s judiciary ignored the appeal of this prisoner and intends to carry out the sentence.

The judiciary of the regime has sentenced two brothers in Yazd, in addition to life imprisonment, to flogging and hand amputation. (state run Mizan news agency, January 17, 2017)

Also a young woman in Tehran has been sentenced to a year in exile and 99 lashes for having a “telephone conversation with a man” (Rokna site – February 4, 2017).

Authorities of two sites in Rasht were sentenced respectively to 114 and 40 lashes for insulting a so-called representative of the regime (Asr Iran newspaper February 4, 2017). 

On January 18, a reporter in Shahroud was sentenced to 40 lashes. Earlier, the sentence of 40 lashes in the case of another reporter in Najaf Abad was implemented.

Javad Larijani, the so-called president of the human rights commission in the Judiciary who has no other role than theorizing torture and execution in this regime, in defense of these brutal sentences ridiculously described the Velayeat Faqih regime as “the biggest democracy in Western Asia” and with the usual flagrancy of the regime officials stressed that the regime “is not afraid of human rights offensives”. (state run Mehr news agency, January 17, 2017).

The religious fascism ruling Iran is the disgrace of contemporary humanity and should be ostracized from the family of nations. 

The file of catastrophic situation of human rights in Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council and leaders of the regime must be held accountable for their black record of their crimes.


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