Ohio Courts Stop Executions Until Alternative Method Decided On

October 6, 2009

Ohio (ChattahBox) – Two executions have been pushed back to next year after a botched attempt caused the courts to stay another when after two hours officials could not find a vein.

The courts will now begin coming up with a ‘backup plan’ in such cases, in accordance with Ohio laws that prevent humans being exposed to cruel and unusual punishment.

“Since September 15, the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has been working to establish a back-up or alternative lethal injection protocol in the unlikely event similar circumstances arise when implementing the death penalty in the future,” Governor Ted Strickland was quoted by RAW.

“While the department has made progress, additional time is needed to fully conduct a thorough and comprehensive review of an alternative or back-up lethal injection protocol that is in accordance with Ohio law.”

This is not the first time such a thing has happened in Ohio. In 2007 a man was allowed to get up and use the bathroom in the middle of his execution, after it took more than an hour to find a vein.

In 2008, Joseph Clark was forced to sit and wait for death after a vein burst during his injection.

The two scheduled executions this year have been stayed, and it is not expected that any prisoner will be put to death until a secondary form of execution is decided on.



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