Archive

You are viewing the "death penalty" Archives

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Report: Ohio Conducted Executions After Drugmakers’ Warnings

By:
Posted on:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says Ohio went ahead with executions in recent years even after drugmakers threatened to cut off supplies if medications were used for lethal injection. Copies of letters obtained by The Columbus Dispatch show drugmakers warned Ohio officials going back to at least 2015. The paper reported Wednesday that London-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Appeals Court Rules Ohio’s Execution Drug Method Is Constitutional After All

By:
Posted on:

A federal appeals court says an execution set for next May can go forward, because the condemned killer didn’t prove his claim that the state’s three-drug execution method is unconstitutional. Attorneys for Wayne Keith Henness argued the mixture creates the sensation of waterboarding. But the 6thCircuit Court of Appeals said they didn’t prove that. The ruling reverses a decision from a federal magistrate earlier this year, who… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Dismisses Proposal to Use Fentanyl for Executions

By:
Posted on:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is dismissing a legislator’s proposal to use the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to execute death row inmates as the state struggles to find a drug combination to carry out lethal injections. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Republican governor says fentanyl, which has led to thousands of fatal overdoses in… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio Lawmaker Suggests Using Confiscated Fentanyl For Executions

By:
Posted on:

The refusal of pharmaceutical companies to sell the state drugs to use in executions has capital punishment at a virtual standstill in Ohio. A state lawmaker said he has a possible solution. Ohio’s next execution is set for November, and one in December. But they’re very unlikely to go forward because the state is still… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Governor: Ohio Having Difficulty Finding Execution Drugs

By:
Posted on:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is having difficulty finding a new set of execution drugs following concerns raised by a judge over the constitutionality of Ohio’s current lethal injection system. DeWine said Wednesday that a significant obstacle is the possibility of drugmakers cutting the state off from supplies of drugs… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio House Approves Death Penalty ‘Mental Illness’ Bill

By:
Posted on:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio House has approved a bill prohibiting the executions of defendants if they’re found to have had a “serious mental illness” at the time of the offense. Offenders deemed by professionals to have had “serious mental illness” must have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or delusional disorder…. Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Bill Would Bar Death Penalty If ‘Serious Mental Illness’

By:
Posted on:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill now in Ohio’s legislature would allow people convicted of aggravated murder to avoid the death penalty if they’re found to have had a “serious mental illness” at the time of the offense. Republican Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer, of Uhrichsville, sponsored the bill. He has said the death penalty should… Read More

DeWine Says New Lethal Injection Protocol Coming Soon

By:
Posted on:

The Ohio Supreme Court has added a new inmate to the execution schedule – though Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed four executions until a new way to carry them out is developed. DeWine said the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is moving on his order to work up a new lethal injection method. “We expect to… Read More