If all goes to plan, and we’ll get to the insanely detailed plan in a moment, the state of Ohio—John Kasich, moderate Republican, governor—will execute a 69-year-old man named Alva Campbell for a 1997 murder that was admittedly heinous, and also was the second time he’d killed somebody. Campbell already was on parole for killing someone when he killed Charles Dials during a carjacking.
Campbell has a galaxy of medical problems. He uses a walker. He is hitched to a colostomy bag. He has chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and he takes four breathing meds a day. His lawyers think Campbell may have lung cancer, and in any case, he has so much trouble breathing that Ohio has had to make modifications in its procedures to kill him properly.
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