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Ohio Governor Halts Two More Executions

In the wake of the botched execution of Romell Broom, and an appellate court's ruling that another scheduled execution, that of Lawrence R. Reynolds Jr., should be postponed indefinitely due to concerns about the state's lethal injection protocols, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has postponed two more executions.

The state is looking into backup procedures in case the standard execution techniques fail, as they did on Sept. 15, when technicians at the state prison in Lucasville tried for over two hours to maintain an intravenous connection in order to inject Romell Broom with lethal drugs for the abduction, rape and murder of a teenage girl in 1984. A hearing to consider whether Mr. Broom can be executed in conformity with constitutional requirements is scheduled for Nov. 30.

“More research and evaluation of backup or alternative procedures is necessary before one or more can be selected,” Mr. Strickland said in his order.


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