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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…

Belarus parliament discusses death penalty issues

MINSK, 3 May (BelTA) - Death penalty issues were discussed in the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus on 3 May. 

Attending the meeting were MPs and foreign experts, BelTA has learned. Andrei Naumovich, Chairman of the Human Rights, National Relations, and Mass Media Commission of the House of Representatives, stated that a working group on death penalty was set up in the new-convocation parliament. 

The working group will inform the public on the aspects of the punishment and provide a full-fledged monitoring of the situation. 

MPs will hold meetings in constituencies, study people's opinion in the regions. “The matter requires a wide-ranging discussion with the people of the Republic of Belarus,” Andrei Naumovich said. 

He also mentioned that this issue was discussed during the recent visit of Andrea Rigoni, Rapporteur on Belarus of the Political Affairs and Democracy Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to Belarus. 

MPs and senators expressed their opinions on the matter during today's meeting. 

One of the key speakers was member of the Death Penalty Expert Group at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Parvais Jabbar.

Source: Belarus News, May 3, 2017

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