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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…

Murdered teacher's mother 'relieved' as Qatari court upholds death sentence

Doha, Qatar
The mother of a British primary school teacher murdered in Qatar 4 years ago has spoken of her relief after the killer had his death sentence upheld.

Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar was found guilty by a court in Doha in 2014 of killing Lauren Patterson, 24, in the Gulf state a year earlier.

His accomplice Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Abdul Aziz was jailed for 3 years for reportedly helping burn the body of the Briton, originally from Chislehurst, in south-east London.

Miss Patterson had been working at the Newton British School in the Qatari capital.

She disappeared in Doha on October 12, 2013. Local media reported at the time that she was last seen outside the city's 5-star La Cigale hotel.

On Sunday, an appeal court in Qatar upheld the death penalty, a spokesman at the Foreign Office said.

In a statement on Wednesday, her mother Alison said the family remained devastated but felt justice had been done.

She said: "Following Sunday's court hearing, I am feeling very emotional but relieved that the trial is now over.

"The family remain devastated by the senseless and tragic events of October 2013, but due to the thoroughness of the judicial process in Qatar we now feel that justice has thankfully prevailed for Lauren.

"I would like to thank all those who have supported me during this difficult process and request that our family's privacy be respected at this time."

Source: aol.co.uk, May 4, 2017

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