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Lethal injection is inhumane



Published: Sun, September 20, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Lethal injection is inhumane

EDITOR:

The colloquial definition of insanity is to do the same thing again and again expecting different results. Using this definition, the state of Ohio is insane to continue administering lethal injection.

Tuesday, we tried to execute Romell Broom. After more than two hours of unsuccessfully searching for a vein to administer the three drug lethal injection, Gov. Ted Strickland issued a one-week reprieve to Broom.

Reading Robert Mackey’s New York Times news blog on Broom’s experience, “botched execution described as ‘torture,’” makes us a bit sick to our stomachs. It makes us really sick when we then think about the fact that Romell’s case is not unique in Ohio. He is the third man in three years to have a botched execution, yet every time state officials stand by our lethal injection procedure.

It is time to stop the insanity. Gov. Strickland, please stop executions in our state until a humane procedure can be determined.

SUSIE and RAY BEIERSDORFER

Youngstown


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