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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: Prisoner Hanged on Murder Charges

Iran Human Rights (MAY 3 2017): On Sunday April 30, a prisoner was reportedly executed at Hamadan Central Prison on murder charges, and another prisoner was returned to his cell after his execution was temporarily halted.

Close sources have identified the prisoner who was executed as Imran Askardasht, 30 years of age.

"He was charged with murder in 2010," a close source tells Iran Human Rights.

On the same day, a prisoner in Hamadan Central Prison, who is on death row on murder charges, had his execution sentence temporarily halted upon receiving consent from the plaintiffs on his case file. 

Close sources have identified this prisoner as Bakhtiar Leilinejad, 31 years of age.

Imran and Bakhtiar were both transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday April 29 in preparation for their executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 3, 2017

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