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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…

Pakistan executes 4 militants convicted by military courts

Police officers, Pakistan
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Wednesday hanged four more Taliban terrorists convicted of "heinous" terrorism-related offences by controversial military courts, taking the number to over 160 since the Peshawar terror attack in 2014.

The terrorists, who were involved in the killing of innocent civilians and attacking armed forces, were executed early today, the army said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Today another 4 hardcore terrorists, who were tried by Military Courts have been executed," the statement said.

"These terrorists were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, attacking a mosque, destruction of communication infrastructure, attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed Forces."

Those executed were identified as Qaiser Khan, Muhammad Umar, Qari Zubair Muhammad and Aziz Khan.

Army said that all of them were active members of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

The jail where they were hanged was not identified.

It was not stated where the trial was held and when they were awarded death sentence, because military courts operate in secrecy due to fear of attacks by militants.

Military courts were restored in March for another two years after their initial two-year term expired in January.

The courts were set up after a constitutional amendment following a terror attack on an Army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014 which killed more than 150 people, most of them students.

Human rights group Justice Project Pakistan says 441 people have been executed since the Peshawar attack.

Pakistan has been fighting various extremist groups for over a decade.

Militant attacks have killed tens of thousands of people.

The military courts have handed down the death penalty to more than 160 militants.

Source: Times of Oman, May 10, 2017

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