No Second Chances: What to Do After a Botched Execution

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…

Japan: Ex-gang boss on death row charged with another murder

TOKYO: Police have charged a former gang boss on death row with the murder of a man in 1996, his second indictment for murder since the finalization of his conviction over a fatal shooting rampage in 2003, police sources said.

Osamu Yano, the 68-year-old former head of a group affiliated with the Sumiyoshikai crime syndicate, was indicted in May on suspicion of murdering a business owner in 1998, after his death sentence was finalized in 2014.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Yano and three members of the yakuza group murdered Shizuo Tsugawa, a 60-year-old real estate worker from Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in a car in August 1996.

A senior member of the group instructed another ranked member to kill Tsugawa, who was involved in a land ownership dispute with the gang, and a subordinate member is suspected of having actually carried out the murder.

Yano allegedly ordered the three gang members, all of whom are now dead, to dump the body immediately after the killing, suggesting his involvement in the murder plan, although Yano has denied the allegations.

Tsugawa's family reported him missing to the Kanagawa prefectural police after he answered the door to one of the gang members dressed as a delivery man.

After Yano sent two letters indicating his involvement in the murder to the Shibuya Police Station between May and June 2015, the Tokyo police searched a mountain in Isehara and discovered the body in April last year.

Tsugawa was apparently taken to the site by car immediately after leaving home. The body was in the same clothes that Tsugawa was wearing when he was last seen.

Yano was sentenced to death over the rampage in which a rival gangster and three customers were killed at a bar in Maebashi, north of Tokyo, in January 2003.

Source: Japan Today, July 6, 2017

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