Federal judge says Ohio inmate can pursue fight against state’s 2nd attempt to execute himBy AP
Friday, August 27, 2010
Judge: Ohio inmate can fight 2nd execution attempt
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal judge says an Ohio death row inmate who underwent a botched execution attempt can argue that a second try would be unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.
U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost in Columbus on Friday denied a motion by the state to dismiss the challenge against another lethal injection attempt on 54-year-old Romell Broom. Broom’s execution last year was stopped by the governor after an execution team tried for two hours to find a suitable vein, hitting bone and muscle with several needle sticks.
Ohio added a backup method after the attempt that would inject drugs directly into muscle if an IV fails.
Frost also says Broom can continue arguing he should be allowed to communicate with attorneys during any future execution attempt that may go awry.
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