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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…

Kuwait: Seven sentenced to death over rape of handicapped boy

Execution in Kuwait in April 2013
Execution in Kuwait in April 2013
Victim, 13, was abducted, taken to rented chalet and filmed during rape

Manama: Kuwait’s Court of Appeals has sentenced seven defendants to death by hanging for kidnapping a 13-year-old mentally-retarded boy and raping him, overturning a ten-year jail sentence by a lower court.

The defendants, aged between 18 and 23, abducted the boy, beat him, threatened to kill him and took him to a chalet they had rented in the southern part of the country where they raped him.

Defendants used their mobiles to record the rape, Kuwaiti daily Al Anba reported on Thursday.

A report in Kuwait said that the victim was in the custody of his sister as their parents were abroad for medical treatment when the abduction and rape occurred.

The Criminal Court in April had sentenced the four Kuwaitis, one Iraqi, one Yemeni and one stateless person to 10 years in jail for abducting and raping the victim.

The court also ordered the confiscation of their mobile phones.

Challenge


However, both the defendants and the public prosecution challenged the verdict and the case was referred to the Court of Appeals that issued its ruling on Wednesday.

The case will now be referred to the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the country for a final ruling that cannot be challenged.

Executions are rare in Kuwait, but in January seven convicts — two Kuwaitis, two Egyptians, a Bangladeshi, a Filipina and an Ethiopian — were executed after they were found guilty in cases of premeditated murder, rape or theft.

The seven were hanged in application of the verdicts pronounced by courts and upheld by the Court of Appeals and the Court of Cassation and endorsed by the Emir.

They were the first to be executed since 2013.

Source: Gulf News, June 1, 2017

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