- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments in the case of a condemned killer fighting a second attempt to put him to death.

The court is weighing arguments by death row inmate Romell Broom that allowing Ohio to try again to execute him amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy.

The state stopped Broom’s 2009 execution after two hours when executioners failed to find a usable vein following 18 attempts to insert needles.

The 58-year-old Broom is only the second inmate to survive an execution in U.S. history and the only via lethal injection. The court on Tuesday set arguments for June 9.

The state says lower courts properly determined that any mistakes happened during execution preparations, not the actual procedure.


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