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Topic - Dennis Mcguire
Ohio executions have been put on hold for 2 1/2 months after a federal judge allowed more time for arguments over the state's new lethal injection procedures.
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Ohio said Monday it's boosting the dosages of its lethal injection drugs even as it stands by the January execution of an inmate who made snorting and gasping sounds that led to a civil rights lawsuit by his family and calls for a moratorium.
Ohio said Monday it's boosting the dosages of its lethal injection drugs even as it stands by the January execution of an inmate who made unusual snorting and gasping sounds that led to a civil rights lawsuit by his family and calls for a moratorium.
There's one big reason why the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe's fierce hostility to capital punishment.
Republican Gov. John Kasich on Friday granted an eight-month reprieve to a condemned killer following last month's execution of an inmate who repeatedly gasped in the state's longest lethal-injection procedure.
Initial reviews of Ohio's lengthiest execution during which an inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way the state puts condemned prisoners to death.
Ohio will notify a condemned killer a month ahead of his execution if changes are made to the state's lethal injection policy, attorneys for the inmate said Monday.
A killer who repeatedly gasped and made other sounds during his lengthy execution by a new two-drug method was not coached to fake suffocation or make a show of his death, his lawyers said Tuesday in response to an earlier report.
An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed questions about the death penalty was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the condemned man to fake symptoms of suffocation.
The prolonged execution of an inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate's family said in a federal lawsuit.
The state's execution policy leaves open the chance an inmate could remain clinically alive even after being pronounced dead, attorneys said Thursday as they tried to stop a condemned killer from being put to death in March.
Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald says he supports the death penalty and believes there are times when it is called for.
The Joplin Globe, Jan. 17
A civil-rights organization is asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) to immediately halt executions after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted last week as an untested drug combination was used to put him to death.
The state said this week it doesn't believe Dennis McGuire suffered, but it also announced it would increase the drug dosages "to allay any remaining concerns."