'Humane' My Ass

Court halts Ohio execution, cites injection flaws

CINCINNATI – A federal appeals court on Monday halted the execution of an inmate three weeks after problems with a lethal injection attempt.

A panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled 2-1 to grant the request of 43-year-old Lawrence Reynolds Jr., who had been sentenced to die for strangling his 67-year-old neighbor during a 1994 robbery.

On Sept. 15, Gov. Ted Strickland stopped the lethal injection of Romell Broom after state executioners struggled for two hours to find a usable vein.

Broom’s execution is on hold while his attorneys prepare for a Nov. 30 federal court hearing. They argue that an unprecedented second execution attempt on Broom violates a constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

I’ve written it here before, and I’m writing it here yet again: There is NO humane way to put a person to death. This country should end the barbaric practice of capital punishment immediately.

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