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October 6, 2009

Ohio considering new (and novel) method of lethal injection

This new AP article, which is headlined "State might try new lethal-injection sites," suggests that Ohio is seriously talking about a whole new approach to lethal injection in the wake of its failed execution attempt last month.  Here are some of the particulars:

Ohio is considering administering lethal drugs into inmates' bone marrow or muscles as an alternative to -- or a backup for -- the traditional intravenous execution procedure, a prisons department spokeswoman said today. "Everything is on the table" as the state researches ways to adjust its death chamber procedure in the wake of a failed execution last month, when officials couldn't locate suitable veins on inmate Romell Broom, said Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman Julie Walburn....

The changes could include a different procedure to access veins, the use of a device to inject lethal chemicals directly into an inmate's bone marrow, or injection into muscles....

Richard Dieter, director of the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, said he isn't aware of any other states that have considered, or currently use, injections into bone marrow or muscle as part of their protocol....

Ohio officials also are exploring whether to keep the state's three-drug regimen -- a sedative, a paralyzing agent and a chemical to stop the heart -- or to rely on a single drug, Walburn said. It could be used as a backup if officials encounter difficulty locating veins, or as a new procedure to replace the old one.

It would, of course, be very significant if Ohio were to start to pioneer a whole new approach to lethal injection protocols.  And such a new approach would, in all likelihood, prompt a whole new round of constitutional litigation of the protocol's constitutionality.

Some recent related posts on Ohio lethal injection issues:

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Oh hell, just stab them in the heart with it, a la Nick Cage in The Rock.

Posted by: . | Oct 6, 2009 5:59:22 PM

I agree with Dot, up there.

The inmate screamed when the tiny IV needle glanced against bone. Imagine an untrained person trying to bore a hole into bone with a large bore needle, repeatedly slipping or missing. The circulation of bone is also tiny. The participants will be able to serve lunch, take a nap, and have a family reunion by the time the concoction has entered the general circulation and the inmate is dispatched.

Here is a picture.


This stuff looks like it would require a surgeon.

Any alternative is better. Shoot the person in the head at close range. I like the electric chair. One loses consciousness at the speed of electricity through the brain.

Most of the objections are to spare the squeamish audience. Cruelty to the audience has no mention in the Constitution. They should stay home if they are going to get huffy and make noise.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 7, 2009 7:23:37 AM

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