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March 3, 2018

With death of Alva Campbell, Ohio need no longer worry about trying to execute ill prisoner after first botched attempt

As reported in this local article, "Alva Campbell, "an inmate on Ohio’s death row who had his scheduled execution halted in November after a medical team could not find an accessible vein for the lethal injection, has died." Here is more:

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the office of Gov. John Kasich notified him that Campbell died early Saturday of natural causes . No other information was available, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction could not immediately be reached.

Campbell, 69, was a twice-convicted killer, one that O’Brien has often called the “poster child” for the death penalty. Campbell was on parole from another murder conviction when, on April 2, 1997, he killed 18-year-old Charles Dials.  At that time, Campbell was on his way to court to face a series of armed-robbery charges but had been faking paralysis. When he was taken to the courthouse, he sprang from his wheelchair, seized a deputy’s gun and carjacked Dials outside.  The two drove around Columbus for hours before Campbell forced Dials onto the floor of his truck and executed him. Campbell was sentenced to die for that.

Over the years, authorities objected to and grumbled about Campbell’s attempts to delay the justice that a judge and jury had ordered for him.  Upon hearing of Campbell’s death Saturday, O’Brien said, “Due to 20 years of frivolous post-conviction litigation, he successfully ran the clock out on justice due to the state and the victim’s family.”

After the failed execution in November, Campbell’s attorneys had said it was unlikely he could live to see another execution attempt.  They said he suffered from a host of serious cardiopulmonary problems and ailments.  He was returned to Death Row.

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March 3, 2018 at 02:52 PM | Permalink


Thanks to the frivolous death penalty appellate racket, the client also died slowly, painfully, and with the overwhelming anxiety of not being to breathe well. Nice job.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 3, 2018 3:27:02 PM

"died slowly, painfully"
In America there are 200.000 lifers, lwopers and de facto lwopers that are dying in the same way.
Will you shot them in the head to stop their suffering ????

Posted by: Claudio Giusti | Mar 5, 2018 7:41:23 AM

No. Absolutely not. I would take the Italian approach. Suicide.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 5, 2018 10:53:40 AM

Good luck per ongoing Italian elections/determination of control of the government.

Posted by: Joe | Mar 5, 2018 3:08:36 PM

Claudio. We love Luigi DiMaio, and Five Star. Unlike weak leader and NYC lib, Trump, Luigi will really clean the house.

One of his plans is to repeal 400 stupid laws, and tax reform. Arrivederci to thousands of make work, worthless Italian lawyer jobs. Fiat moved to the US because it takes 30 years to complete a lawsuit, and, of course, 30 years of time on the lawyer clock.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 5, 2018 6:55:26 PM

Alva Campbell was the poster child for the death penalty, and he should have been executed years ago.

Posted by: federalist | Mar 6, 2018 7:09:47 AM

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