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…

French student sentenced to five years prison for bringing marijuana into Bali

Frenchman Anthony J Lambert has been sentenced to five years in Bali prison over drug possession.
The 23-year-old French student was found guilty of bringing marijuana into Indonesia from Malaysia in Denpasar District Court on Tuesday.
Lambert was arrested in June 2017 upon arrival in Bali at the island’s Ngurah Rai International Airport from Kuala Lumpur, with 14 grams of marijuana.
“The defendant is found guilty of importing drugs, marijuana type, with a penalty of years imprisonment and a fine of IDR1 billion (US$73,894). If unable to pay the fine, then he must serve an additional three months in prison,” Judge Made Pasek said in court on Tuesday, as quoted by Tribun Bali.
The judge said Lambert has the right to appeal during a seven-day window.
Lambert’s attorney, Pande Putu Maya Arsanti said they will consider appealing.
“We are not happy with this decision. We will think it over the next week,” she said.
According to Arsanti, Lambert should have been charged not for drug posses…

Former Virginia death row inmate Joseph Giarratano granted parole

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia death row inmate who had his sentence commuted to life in prison more than two decades ago has been granted parole.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia State Parole Board on Monday approved Joseph Giarratano for release.
Board chairwoman Adrianne Bennett says it may take a month before Giarratano, one of the state’s best-known inmates, is freed.
Giarratano was convicted of the 1979 rape and capital murder of 15-year-old Michelle Kline and the murder of her mother, 44-year-old Toni Kline, in Norfolk.
In 1991, two days before his scheduled execution, Gov. L. Douglas Wilder commuted his sentence after questions were raised about his guilt.
Gerald Zerkin, who was Giarratano’s lawyer when Wilder commuted the death sentence, called the decision “fantastic news.”
Members of the victims’ family couldn’t be reached by the newspaper for comment.
Source: The Associated Press, November 21, 2017

Joseph M. Giarratano, controversial former death row inmate, gra…

Record 11 Taiwanese sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug crimes

The 11 Taiwanese sentenced to death for drug crimes in Indonesia are a new record high
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the Indonesian government intensifies its crackdown on illegal drugs, there are currently 11 Taiwanese that have been sentenced to death for drug offenses, a new record high, according to Indonesian official sources cited in a CNA report. 
In its effort to clamp down on the illegal drug trade, foreign nationals have also been targeted, with 11 Taiwanese sentenced to death for drug trafficking, three of whom are already on death row, including Chen Chia-wei (陳嘉偉), Wang An-kang (王安康), and Lo Chih-cheng (羅至誠), stated the report.
The eight other Taiwanese citizens who have been sentenced to death by Indonesian district and high courts are surnamed Lin (林), Chen (陳), Chuang (莊), Li (李), Shih (石), Wu (吳), Hung (洪), and Yeh (葉). 
Although the eight have not completed the judicial process, Indonesia's track record with death penalty case indicates that their chances of appeali…

Malaysia: Contractor escapes gallows thanks to trial judge’s misstep

The Federal Court, in finding that a trial judge had acted as prosecutor and asked a prosecution witness incriminating questions, reduces murder charge and sentences contractor to 20 years’ in jail.
PUTRAJAYA: A contractor who stabbed to death his relative after a drinking session today escaped the death penalty due to a misstep by the trial judge.
The Federal Court instead sentenced Paul Lagang anak Malip to 20 years’ after finding him guilty of killing, without intention, Morris Asang Yahya.
“We are substituting the charge from murder to culpable homicide due to the manner the trial was conducted,” said Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum, who chaired the five-man bench.
He said the conviction for murder was “unsafe”.
Malanjum, in the course of the proceeding, said the trial judge had played the role of prosecutor.
Another member of the bench, Jeffrey Tan Kok Hwa, remarked that the judge had crossed the line by asking incriminating questions to eye-witness, Robin Bapi.

Charles Manson Was Sentenced to Death. Why Wasn't He Executed?

Charles Manson, who ordered the murder of nine people in 1969, has died of natural causes at age 83. But how was it that the infamous cult leader was allowed to live out his days in prison, having been sentenced to death in 1971?
Manson and his accomplices in “the family” escaped execution in the 1970s because of a technicality—or at least fortunate timing.
Manson was tried over a period of seven months alongside Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten over the killings of actress Sharon Tate and eight others at the end of 1969. All four were found guilty and sentenced to death, along with Charles "Tex" Watson, another follower who was tried separately.
However, Manson and his accomplices were allowed to live when, in 1972, the California Supreme Court invalidated the state’s death penalty statutes. As a result, the members of the family sitting on death row had their executions commuted. All were given life sentences and made eligible for parole.
Steve “Cle…

South Carolina doesn’t have drugs for December execution

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials said Monday that they can’t carry out South Carolina’s first death penalty in more than six years because the state can’t get the drugs needed for lethal injection, but remaining appeals make it unlikely the execution could have moved forward as scheduled anyway.
The Department of Corrections last week received its first execution order in more than six years. State Supreme Court justices set a Dec. 1 execution date for Bobby Wayne Stone, a 52-year-old man on death row for killing a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy.
Sgt. Charlie Kubala was killed when he was shot twice while checking on a suspicious person at a Sumter home in February 1996. Stone didn’t deny shooting the officer but said his gun went off accidentally when both were in the same area.
The state’s current injection protocol requires three drugs: pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. The state’s supply of pentobarbital expired in 2013, and Corrections Director Bryan Stir…

Supreme Court to consider Alabama petition involving death penalty, racial discrimination, and Roy Moore

The justices on Tuesday will consider whether to hear a case questioning if the Alabama Supreme Court failed to follow the high court's precedent prohibiting race- and gender-based discrimination in jury selection.
The Supreme Court will consider a petition from Alabama on Tuesday featuring the death penalty, discrimination, and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and controversial Senate candidate Roy Moore.
At Tuesday's conference, the justices will consider whether to hear Floyd v. Alabama, a case questioning if the Alabama Supreme Court failed to follow the high court's precedent prohibiting race- and gender-based discrimination in jury selection.
Christopher Floyd was convicted in 2005 of killing Waylon Crawford during a robbery in 1992. 
Crawford's killing went unsolved for more than 12 years, following a lack of witnesses and physical evidence found at the crime scene, as Floyd's attorneys note in their petition to the high court. After the jury retur…

Iran: Prisoner Hanged in Public

Iran Human Rights (Nov 17 2017): A prisoner was hanged in public in Babol (Northern Iran) on murder charges.
According to the human rights news agency, HRANA, on the morning of Monday November 13, a prisoner was hanged in public in Babol (a city in Mazandaran Province). 
The prisoner, identified as Abbas B., 28, was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a young man during a street fight.
The report mentions that efforts were made to win the consent of the plaintiffs until the last minute, but it was unsuccessful and the execution was carried out.
Although the execution was carried out in public a few days ago, the Iranian state-run media have not announced it so far.
According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty 33 people have been executed in public in front of large crowds including children in 2016. 
Public executions have been strongly criticized by Iranian human rights activists and sociologists.

Hana News Agency - On November 22 [sic], a prisoner cha…

The countries you don't want to bring certain everyday drugs and medication into

Doing so could land you in serious trouble with the local authorities
Did you know – medications that are commonplace in the UK are strictly banned in countries abroad.
Some legal drugs are even illegal to fly over certain countries with and they could get you into serious trouble once you land, reports the Bristol Post.
In a startling case, 33-year-old Laura Plummer was held in prison for carrying a prescription painkiller – Tramadol – in her luggage.
The holidaymaker from Hull had travelled to Egypt where the drug is illegal and as a consequence she now faces a jail sentence or even the death penalty.
Tramadol had been banned in Egypt in 2015 after it started being used as a cheap heroin substitute.
Anyone bringing the drug into the country needs to tell the Egyptian Embassy in London, or get a note from their GP.
However, Egypt is not the only country that has strict regulations and laws around what over-the-counter medicines sold in the UK can and can’t be taken there.
Here are so…

University of Nebraska professors investigate support of death penalty

The majority of citizens in the United States still support the death penalty, but the amount of people who support the punishment has decreased in past years, according to research studied by University of Nebraska professors.
Criminology and criminal justice professor Amy Anderson from the University of Nebraska Omaha and professor of sociology Philip Schwadel from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln  worked together to analyze the demographics of people who support the death penalty and to find out why the amount of support has changed.
The professors looked over data collected in the past decades by the General Social Survey. They discovered the demographics of a person can influence their opinion. Crime rates also affect whether a person supports the death penalty.
In the 1980s and 1990s during the American crack epidemic more people supported the death penalty, according to the data analyzed.
Additionally, research showed an individual’s religion, political affiliation, gender o…