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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: More Executions on Drug Charges, Authorities Still Silent

Public hanging, Iran
Iran Human Rights (JULY 18 2017): Three more executions reported in Urmia's central prison for drug related charges.

Iran Human Rights had reported on the executions of two prisoners by the names of Mashallah Siyadnavin and Mohammad Reza Sadeghi

According to a report by the human rights news site, Maf News, three prisoners were hanged on drug charges at this prison on Friday July 14. 

The prisoners were identified as Parviz Tamaripour, Faramarz Asgharzadeh, and Ramin Honareh. 

The report confirms that Mashallah and Mohammad were also executed on Friday, despite earlier reports that they were executed on Saturday.

These prisoners along with another prisoner by the name of Tohid Amini were transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. Tohid's execution sentence was not carried out.

Executions for drug related charges are still being carried out in Iran, even though the general outline of a bill to reform the death penalty for drug charges was approved by the Iranian Parliament. 

If the final bill is approved, the death sentences for many prisoners with drug charges will be commuted to a prison sentence.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and the state-run media, have not announced these five executions.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 18, 2017

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