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Judges extends temporary halt to Ohio executions



Published: Mon, August 11, 2014 @ 12:17 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio into next year as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty.

The ruling by federal judge Gregory Frost will delay executions scheduled for September, October and November and highlights the ongoing problem faced by states in obtaining drugs to put inmates to death.

The last moratorium was scheduled to expire this week.

The one-page order that Frost issued Friday extends it through Jan. 15. It affects the state’s latest death penalty policy change, which was announced in late April and increases the amount of the sedative and painkiller Ohio uses.

Ohio’s first choice for a drug is compounded pentobarbital, a specialty version of the drug it used previously with few problems. But it has been unable to obtain supplies of that drug and so switched to its backup method of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.

On Jan. 16, an Ohio inmate repeatedly gasped during the record 26 minutes it took him to die.

On April 29 in Oklahoma, Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after his execution began with a three-drug method that starts with midazolam. Officials pointed to improper insertion of the needle delivering the drugs.

On July 23, an inmate took nearly two hours to die in Arizona, which also uses midazolam and hydromorphone.

Missouri and Texas both have supplies of compounded pentobarbital, though the states won’t reveal their sources, and have used them to carry out several executions successfully in recent months.


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1tnmartin(234 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

FIRE this idiot judge with delusions of adequacy. FIRE the bum!
On a related note, go back to a recyclable method. Tall tree, short rope. Should make all the greenies happy, not even an impact on the electrical grid as would be the case in "Old Sparky".

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2NilesOhio(724 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Judge Frost - why not put a moratorium on murders and violent crimes? That makes as much sense as trying to pamper these people who committed horrible, callous crimes against other people.

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3Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

I could spare a few rounds also

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4LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Thank Zeus for a member of the Judiciary with the backbone to halt state sanctioned murder.

but what am I saying Im sure that the 1 out of every 100 maybe? or a 1000 that are executed that are innocent is a small price to pay for all the benefits it provides like .... well lets see there isn't a reduction of violent crime... hmm well i guess it serves to satisfy your sense of vengeance and if a very small number of innocent people have to be strapped down to a gurney and choke to death from the narcotics overdose for your piece of mean. so be it.

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5NilesOhio(724 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

@LtMacGowan - "there isn't a reduction of violent crime" - how would you know that unless the death penalty were permanently abolished?

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