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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…

Trump gives ‘thumbs up’ in photo with PH police chief who used to head deadly drug war

Philippines’ police chief Ronald Dela Rosa and Donald Trump.
United States President Donald Trump was warned not to do the signature fist pump pose of President Rodrigo Duterte by human rights advocates, before going to Manila for this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Critics warned Trump prior to the trip that the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte’s drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives.

Despite the warning, Trump seems to be hitting it off with Duterte quite well, telling reporters yesterday that the two have a “great relationship.”

So we’re not sure if he didn’t know — or didn’t care — that taking a picture giving a thumbs up to the cameras next to the Philippines’ police chief Ronald Dela Rosa practically sends almost the same message as Duterte’s fist pump.

Dela Rosa posted the meeting on his Facebook page this morning, although he did not specify when the meeting actually took place.

Dela Rosa became police chief when Duterte assumed the presidency last year and is known as the “architect” of the war on drugs.

According to Dela Rosa’s account, after he was introduced to Trump by the secret service agent, all Trump could say was “ooohh.”

Dela Rosa added, “and the rest of his statement is classified.”

Dela Rosa called the drug war project “Double Barrel.” His campaign against drugs has faced a mountain of abuse allegations since its implementation. It’s called “double barrel” because of the focus on both “high-level” drug targets (manufacturers, drug lords) and “low-level” street peddlers through “Oplan Tokhang.”

“Tokhang” is a blending of the Visayan words “toktok” (knock) and “hangyo” (plead), in which drug users and pushers are theoretically asked to surrender to local police, have their names listed, and are instructed not to do drugs or sell them again.

According to human rights investigators, many of the names on this list ended up becoming targets of vigilantes, or killed for “fighting back” in police-sanctioned anti-drug operations. Their estimates peg the number of drug war deaths at over 13,000, while the government attributes less than 6,300 deaths — including those killed in police operations and by masked vigilantes — to drugs.

This is why Duterte ordered the drug war suspended through a memorandum issued last month, which removed police from anti-drug operations and left the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the sole agency responsible for combating illegal drugs.

Source: Coconuts Manila, November 14, 2017


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