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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…

Japan: Top court upholds death penalty for woman for killing 3 men

Kanae Kijima
Kanae Kijima
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence given to a 42-year-old woman for killing 3 men she met through an online dating service in the Tokyo area in 2009.

Although Kanae Kijima had pleaded not guilty to the murders, the top court ruled she killed all 3 -- Takao Terada 53, Kenzo Ando, 80, and Yoshiyuki Oide, 41 -- between January and August of 2009.

Lower courts recognized Kijima, who has changed her surname to Doi while on death row, as the perpetrator, mainly based on circumstantial evidence, while rejecting the defense counsel's argument that the victims may have committed suicide or died by accident. 

The cause of death in each case was carbon monoxide poisoning.

In March 2012, the Saitama District Court found her guilty of murder and sentenced her to death as demanded by the prosecution, saying she bought coal briquettes and sleeping pills, prepared stoves and then stayed with each man until just before he died.

In March 2014, the Tokyo High Court upheld the death sentence, saying she committed the crimes to maintain a luxurious lifestyle.

Source: The Mainichi, April 14, 2017


Death penalty set for Japan’s ‘Black Widow’


A Japanese woman nicknamed the “Black Widow” for murdering a trio of boyfriends will now face the executioner herself.

Japan’s Supreme Court dismissed Kanae Kijima’s final appeal to overturn her conviction on Friday, setting up her death by hanging, according to reports.

Kijima was convicted of killing three former lovers within a span of eight months in 2009 by poisoning them with carbon monoxide.

She burned charcoal briquettes after plying them with sleeping pills.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming that the men likely committed suicide or died by accident, according to Kyodo news service.

But, in 2012, Saitama District Court convicted her of murder and sentenced her to death.

The death sentence was upheld two years later by Tokyo High Court, which ruled Kijima committed the crimes to maintain her lavish lifestyle.

Prosecutors, who relied on circumstantial evidence, said she murdered the men so she wouldn’t have to pay back the money they gave her, the BBC reported.

Kijima met all three men — Takao Terada, 53; Kenzo Ando, 80; and Yoshiyuki Oide, 41 — in the Tokyo area through an online dating service and killed them between January and August 2009.

She’s married twice since getting caught.

Japan’s death penalty — which is exclusively carried out by hanging — is widely supported by the public in Japan. It can take years to carry out.

Source: New York Post, Lia Eustachewich, April 14, 2017

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