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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…

Man who killed police officer sentenced to death in Kuwait

Hit and run driver wounds five others as people celebrate Kuwait National Day

Manama | A court in Kuwait has sentenced a Kuwaiti to death for killing one police officer and wounding five others.

The crime occurred in February 2016 as the country was celebrating its National Day.

Reports said that the driver was involved in a hit and run accident after he drove into a security check-point and tried to escape.

As officers chased him, he took out a knife he had concealed under his clothes and stabbed one of them killing him. He was eventually subdued and arrested.

The police said the dead police officer was Turki Mohammad Al Enzi and that the murderer, Abdul Aziz Al Shamlan, was 22 years old.

The court said the death verdict was based on the police reports, the confessions of the defendant and on the medical report.

The murderer’s father said at the time that no sensible person would target police officers and explained that his son had mental problems.

“My son has an incident previously and was admitted to a local hospital three months ago,” he was quoted as saying. “We do not in any way condone what happened to the police officers who are protecting Kuwait and its security.”

News of the murder shocked Kuwait, especially that the nation was in a festive mood and recovering from the suicide bombing inside a mosque in June 2015 that killed 27 people and injured 227.

Source: Gulf News, May 29, 2017

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