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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…

Turkey: Erdogan says gov't should reinstate death penalty after April 16 referendum

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he believes the government should submit a draft on reinstating the death penalty in the event that the constitutional amendments are approved in the upcoming referendum on April 16.

"After April 16, with God's permission, the draft would be brought to parliament. If it passes in parliament, I will approve it," Erdogan said at a rally in the eastern province of Erzurum on April 12.

Although the death penalty has not been in effect since 1984, Turkey abolished the capital punishment in 2004 as a part of reforms to ease Turkey's accession into the European Union. 

The move was initiated by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and supported by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

But debates on reinstating the capital punishment were brought to discussion after the July 15, 2016, coup attempt. Erdogan vows the people's demand for the death penalty would be met. Calls for the death penalty were among the most recited chants in public rallies.

"April 16 will be the day to decide that," he said.

Erdogan said the reinstatement of the death penalty could be brought to the agenda with a consensus of all political parties.

"Mr.Kemal Kilicdaroglu [leader of the Republican People's Party - CHP] says he would approve it. I hope he will not deny it when time comes. Mr. Devlet Bahceli, [leader of the Nationalist Movement Party - MHP] already said yes. And Mr. Binali Yildirim [Prime Minister] is the same," he said, adding that it would be put to a referendum if it gets approved in parliament.

"To reinstate the death penalty there needs to be a constitutional amendment, but in an event that the parliament does not approve that, I am telling now, we will appeal to the public with a referendum just like we did for April 16. Let the public decide," he said.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News, April 13, 2017

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