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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: Man Hanged in Public in Arak

Public hanging, Arak, Iran, April 13, 2017
Public hanging, Arak, Iran, April 13, 2017
Iran Human Rights (APR 13 2017): A prisoner who was sentenced to death on six counts of murder charges was hanged in public in the city of Arak (Markazi province).

According to a report by the Iranian state-run media, ISNA, the execution was carried out on Thursday April 13 in front of a crowd of people. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Abbas Sahraei, 27 years of age. 

Mr. Sahraei was reportedly arrested about three months ago and sentenced to death in a hasty judicial process.

IHR is deeply worried that Abbas Sahraei did not receive a fair trial that meets international standards. 

Iran is among the very few countries in the world still carrying out executions in public. 

"We call on Iran's dialogue partners to push for an end to this practice," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

IHR has obtained a video clip of the execution being carried out (Warning: Graphic Content).





Source: Iran Human Rights, April 13, 2017

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