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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…

Worried about bad PR, Indonesia wants to keep its unlawful canings a secret

Rather than outlaw canings altogether the government will make them private to not put off foreign investors

After an international outcry over the public caning of two gay men in Aceh, the province will make future canings private.


Aceh is the only Indonesian province which is allowed to enforce Islamic Sharia by-laws. Homosexuality in the rest of Indonesia is not illegal.

Canings attract negative international attention and could affect foreign investment


Irwandi Yusuf is Aceh’s new governor has vowed to put an end it public floggings. He wants to move the punishment behind closed doors to avoid more bad PR for Aceh.

On Tuesday, Irwandi and his Vice-Governor Nova Iriansyah met with Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo.

Jokowi was concerned the canings were attracting negative international attention and could affect foreign investment in Indonesia.

‘There’s the real perception and the one from outside the country, which is is not very good. Because of that, the President asked how the government of Aceh could explain that it was not like how it was being perceived,’ Nova told Okezone.

Rather than ban the canings which violate international law, Aceh will take them out of the public eye. Canings will be carried out behind closed doors.

End caning now


Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to caning in Aceh.

‘But now Irwandi, recently elected governor for a second time, seems to be trying to gloss over a barbaric violation of basic rights,’ said Kyle Knight, HRW’s researcher, LGBT Rights Program.

‘The government should be abolishing this brutal punishment and the abusive laws that allow it, not whitewashing flogging to mollify squeamish investors.

‘He should make it clear to Irwandi that hiding abuses is not the same as ending them, and that the moral outrage over public floggings was not a one-time reaction. The world is watching.’






Source: Gay Star News, Shannon Powers, July 13, 2017

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