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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…

Brazilian man arrested at airport trying to enter Thailand with 1.3 kilograms cocaine

Paulo Nascimento
A man from Brazil was taken into custody at Suvarnabhumi Airport when he was caught trying to enter the country with a stomach full of cocaine.

Paulo Nascimento, 27, was arrested Wednesday night upon entry after police got a tip that a Brazilian man would be trying to enter the country with drugs in his stomach. 

Nascimento was spotted by customs officials after picking up his luggage and taken for an X-ray, reported Bangkok Post.

Yesterday, Narcotics Suppression Bureau commander Sommai Kongwisaisuk revealed that the man had 100 capsules full of coke in his stomach and they weighed 1.3 kilograms. 

The suspect had traveled from Brazil through Addis Ababa.

Nascimento was cooperative with arresting officers and told them that he was supposed to meet a man at a Sukhumvit hotel to hand them over to a man after passing them through his system.

They allowed the Brazilian to go ahead with his plan and this allowed them to arrest Elsonias Da Silva, 35, as well, when he came to pick up the drugs on Friday.

Both men are now in custody.

Source: Coconuts Bangkok, Sept. 11, 2017


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