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March 16, 2010

"Killer executed 1 week after suicide attempt"

The title of this post is the headline of this breaking news from the Columbus Dispatch.  Here are the essentials:

Lawrence Reynolds died from an overdose this morning -- one legally administered by the state of Ohio.  The convicted killer from Akron, who unsuccessfully tried to take his own life with an overdose of a prescription medication on March 7, was declared dead at 10:27 this morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville.  The cause of death: a large, intravenous dose of thiopental sodium, a powerful anesthetic.

Reynolds, 43, was convicted and sentenced to death for the Jan. 11, 1994, slaying of 67-year-old Loretta Foster, a widow who was one his neighbors in Cuyahoga Falls, an Akron suburb. Reynolds tried to sexually assault Foster before beating her with a wooden tent pole and strangling her.

Reynolds' suicide attempt and brief hospitalization prompted Gov. Ted Strickland to use his executive clemency power to grant a one-week reprieve....

He was the fourth person executed -- and the third this year -- using Ohio's one-drug protocol.

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Ohio is a very sick place.

Posted by: anon | Mar 16, 2010 11:11:17 AM

Good riddance.

Now if we could just get federal District Judges in Arkansas to stop granting last minute stays. The Jack Jones stay is particularly appalling. Arkansas' lethal injection procedures have been upheld. And the murder victim's daughter, who survived a brutal assault that killed her mother, has waited far too long for this. Arkansas set this date a while ago, and now we get a last-minute stay. The federal judge ought to be ashamed of himself.

Posted by: federalist | Mar 16, 2010 11:15:42 AM

I am not particularly troubled by this guy getting executed, but come on Columbus Dispatch: "Lawrence Reynolds died from an overdose this morning -- one legally administered by the state of Ohio." Seriously? I'm surprised they didn't insert a link to a recording of a rimshot after that zinger. The paper should be ashamed of itself for making light of the fact that a man died this morning, no matter how morally repugnant that man might be.

Posted by: A.Nony.Mous | Mar 16, 2010 12:04:26 PM

It is good, if for no other reason than for principle, that he lived long enough to die against his own will. It is not up to him when or how he dies any more than it is up to a lifer when or if he leaves prison. When he committed and was convicted of Aggravated murder he waived that right.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Mar 16, 2010 12:10:20 PM

Hey Doug! How 'bout a cute 'n' clever Kant quote!

Posted by: Ackademic | Mar 16, 2010 12:48:03 PM

"The categorical imperative of penal justice, that the killing of any person contrary to the law must be punished with death, remains in force"

Posted by: k | Mar 16, 2010 1:10:21 PM

Hey Ackademic! How 'bout using the comments to set out your own cute 'n' clever quotes while I am trying to get other stuff done... ;-)

Posted by: Doug B. | Mar 16, 2010 1:10:31 PM

anon --

"Ohio is a very sick place."

Then I guess the United States is too, wouldn't you say?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Mar 16, 2010 3:34:09 PM

Doug --

I'm trying but I Kant.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Mar 16, 2010 3:35:39 PM

Good idea, Prof. Screw your vapid comments and do more other stuff.

Posted by: Ackademic | Mar 16, 2010 5:14:22 PM

Good job Bill--you're laid the Groundwork.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Mar 16, 2010 5:20:07 PM

All convicted murders, especially those with life sentences, deserve a choice to commit suicide. If a majority made that choice, it would be evidence that LWOP may be crueler than the death penalty, just not as lucrative for the lawyer.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 16, 2010 8:45:56 PM

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