Death Penalty

Statewide News
6:35 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Reviews: No Changes Necessary After Ohio Execution

Initial reviews of a lengthy execution several weeks ago found no reason to change the way Ohio puts condemned prisoners to death.

The reviews, required by prison rules, found that the state execution policy was followed, and execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.

The state is still planning a longer review of Dennis McGuire's Jan. 16 execution looking at specific things that happened during the procedure.

Statewide News
8:04 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Attorneys: Ohio Inmate Wasn't Coached To Fake Pain

Federal public defenders who represented an Ohio killer put to death with a new lethal injection method are denying the condemned inmate was coached to fake suffocation.

The lawyers say it appears death row inmate Dennis McGuire may have misunderstood a lawyer's request to communicate truthfully what was happening to him during the execution.

Federal public defender Allen Bohnert's statement released Tuesday also renewed a call to Gov. John Kasich to impose a moratorium on executions.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Tue January 21, 2014

ACLU: Ohio Governor Should Halt Executions

A civil-rights organization is asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich 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 ACLU of Ohio made its request to Kasich on Sunday, noting Ohio has five upcoming executions scheduled.

Death row inmate Dennis McGuire was executed Thursday. And it was the longest execution since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999. McGuire's adult children said it amounted to torture and his family says they're suing.

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Statewide News
11:56 am
Mon January 20, 2014

State Representative Wants Governor Present At Executions

Reaction is still coming to last week’s problematic and controversial execution, one of the longest ones on record in Ohio. And the troubles that Ohio has had in carrying out executions has led one lawmaker to propose adding to the audience of those witnessing the lethal injection process.

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Statewide News
6:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

First Execution Using New Drug Cocktail Viewed As Problematic

A convicted killer from western Ohio became the first person ever to be executed with a two-drug mix that the state of Ohio adopted as its execution method late last year.

The execution of 53 year old Dennis McGuire began with him telling his family he loved them and thanking the family of his victim, Joy Stewart, for a letter they sent him. Columbus Dispatch reporter Alan Johnson says McGuire closed his eyes, and then seemed to have trouble breathing.

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