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March 15, 2010

Ohio ready to try again to get condemned killer to death chamber

As detailed in this AP article, which is headlined "Ohio Tries For 3rd Time To Execute Inmate," Ohio is slated to try again to execute Lawrence Reynolds who was convicted of killing a 67-year-old widow in 1994. Here is why Ohio is having to hope the third time will be the charm:

Tuesday's execution would be Ohio's third attempt to execute him. Reynolds was scheduled for execution last week but was found unconscious in his cell and hospitalized. Gov. Ted Strickland postponed his original execution date last fall while the state reviewed its execution method.

Since then, Ohio has switched from a three-drug process to a one-drug system. All sides in the death penalty debate agree the single dose is painless, and the first three inmates executed in Ohio with the new method died quickly.

But Reynolds' attorneys are asking the Supreme Court for more to time to make their case that the state hasn't corrected problems with accessing inmates' veins before the single drug is used. They also say Ohio's executioners lack proper training and that a new backup method that injects lethal drugs into muscle is untried and could cause pain.

Since this AP piece was published earlier today, the Supreme Court has denied Reynolds' final appeal, so all systems seem to be go for Ohio's third attempt to kill Reynolds (and third execution in 2010).

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..... in no other civilized, democratic state in the modern era could such cruel and unusual punishment be implemented. Gov. Ted Strickland should stick with his own inclinations against the death penalty and insist on clemency.

Posted by: peter | Mar 16, 2010 3:15:48 AM

peter --

For the leader to put his beliefs above the will of the people, the law of his jurisdiction and the judgment of the courts has a name: tyranny.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Mar 16, 2010 8:28:41 PM

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