death penalty

Sixth Circuit Decision Allows Ohio to Resume Executions

On Wednesday, the en banc Sixth Circuit ruled 8-6 that Ohio may resume lethal injections using a three drug mixture that includes the controversial sedative midazolam. The ruling reverses the injunction issued in January, and upheld in April.  The last execution in Ohio was in 2014, when Dennis McGuire struggled for over 20 minutes before …

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Ohio bill proposes additional protections for death penalty cases, postconviction relief

According to the Columbus Daily Reporter, (sub req.) a bipartisan bill aimed at changing postconviction relief proceedings is currently pending in an Ohio Senate committee. Senate Bill 139, co-sponsored by Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, provides several enhancements to postconviction relief that could potentially offer greater protection to those who were wrongfully convicted, particularly …

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Does a second execution attempt violate constitutional rights? Ohio Supreme Court to decide

The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in a failed execution case. According to a case synopsis by Court News Ohio, Romell Broom was convicted of the aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping of a 14-year-old Cleveland girl in 1985. He was sentenced to death. In September 2009 the State attempted to execute Broom, but …

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Ohio bill would prohibit death penalty for mentally ill offenders

Ohio senators introduced a bipartisan bill this week that seeks to prohibit the death penalty for offenders suffering from a “serious mental illness” at the time they committed their crimes, the Columbus Dispatch reports. SB 162 is sponsored by Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati and Sen. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland and has 12 other co-sponsors from both major …

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Exonerated Ohio men push to eliminate or reform death penalty

The Columbus Dispatch reports that six men who were wrongfully sentenced to death in Ohio are now speaking out against the death penalty. At a Statehouse news conference this week, Kwame Ajamu, Joe D’Ambrosio, Ricky Jackson, Derrick Jamison, Dale Johnston and Wiley Bridgeman spoke out urging elimination or reform of the death penalty in Ohio. Each …

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Inmates challenge execution drug secrecy law

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that several Ohio death-row inmates who have challenged Ohio’s new law providing anonymity to execution drug manufacturers have filed an appeal with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The inmates had originally filed the case in U.S. District Court in Columbus, alleging that the law (HB 663), violates First …

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