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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: Two Men and a Woman Hanged on Drug Charges

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Two men and a woman were hanged on drug related charges at Rasht's central prison.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 2 2017): On Saturday July 1, two men and one woman were reportedly hanged at Rasht's central prison on drug related charges. 

According to close sources, these three prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Thursday in preparation for their executions. 

Close sources have identified the two men as Sallaholdin Par and Jafar Saadanloo. The woman was identified as the wife of Jafar Saadanloo, but her name is not known at this time.

"Sallaholdin was sentenced to death on the charge of trafficking and possessing three kilograms of crystal meth," an informed source told Iran Human Rights.

Since the start of 2017, 133 individuals have been executed in Iran on drug related charges. 

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.


Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges


On Sunday July 2, a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Zanjan Prison on drug related charges. Close sources have identified the prisoner as Abbas Savaghi, 38 years of age, arrested in 2015 on drug related charges.

"Abbas was married and worked as a taxi driver. They had found some crystal meth in his car," an informed source tells Iran Human Rights. "Executions in Zanjan Prison are normally carried out on Tuesdays, but they carried out Abbas's execution on Sunday."

Iran Human Rights had published a report warning about the imminent execution of Abbas Savaghi and 16 others.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 2, 2017

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