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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: Four Prisoners Executed

Public hanging, Iran
Four prisoners were reportedly executed on the morning of Monday July 3.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 3 2017): On Monday July 3, three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Isfahan Central Prison on drug related charges, and a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

Close sources have identified the three prisoners as Omid Mohammadzadeh, charged with one kilogram of crystal meth, Seyed Reza Mousavi, charged with 800 grams of crystal meth, and Seyed Reza, charged with an unknown amount of narcotics. "None of these prisoners had any prior convictions," an informed source told Iran Human Rights. 

The three prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday July 1 in preparation for their executions.

Iranian parliament members had formerly requested from the Judiciary to stop drug related executions for at least five thousand prisoners pending further investigation. However, the request has not stopped the Judiciary from carrying out death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges.

The Baloch Activists Campaign group reported on the execution of a prisoner at Zahedan Central Prison who was identified as Hossein Reigi, 50 years ago age. Mr. Reigi was reportedly imprisoned for seven years before he was executed.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the media, have not announced these four executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 3, 2017

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