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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…

Bahrain: Three get death penalty on terror charges

A Bahrain court sentenced three people to death and 14 others to lengthy prison terms on charges they established a terrorist cell with the intent of killing policemen.

In addition to the three people sentenced to death Thursday, Bahrain's criminal court sentenced four others to life in prison in the same case.

Eight more defendants in the case were handed 15-year sentences and two were sentenced to 10 years. 

The group was charged with forming a cell that made explosives used against security forces.

Bahrain was rocked by Arab Spring-inspired protests in 2011 led by the country's Shiite majority. 

The Sunni monarchy crushed the uprising with the aid of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The tiny Gulf nation is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet and an under-construction British naval base.

Source: Associated Press, March 24, 2017

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