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ABA expresses concern about OH plan to resume executions

ABA expresses concern about OH plan to resume executions

After a three and a half year halt to inmate executions, OH is poised to begin state-sanctioned killings again as early as Wednesday.

The last execution OH carried out was that of Dennis McGuire in January 2014.

Since then he's been trying to avoid Ohio's death house and now after appeals, his fate may rest with the U.S. Supreme Court. Death row inmates challenged the new concoction as cruel and unusual, as did McGuire's family, and the component, midazolam, came under fire for the botched execution.

Midazolam is the first of three drugs in Ohio's lethal injection protocol. Midazolam is once again part of the lethal concoction, but this time it will be administered at a higher dose than it was during McGuire's execution. The executioners will then inject "rocuronium bromide, a paralytic agent created to shut down respiration, and then potassium chloride to induce cardiac arrest", the Blade writes.

OH has not implemented important reforms to improve the accuracy and fairness of the death penalty that were recommended in a 2007 report, according to Klein's statement. He was sentenced to death in 1993. He choked and gasped through what was the longest execution in OH history.

Last week, a diverse group also delivered petitions with 27,000 signatures to Kasich's office calling on him to call off the executions.

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"The most significant issue is the state's own failure to act on needed changes to the death penalty system". If the Supreme Court doesn't act, Kasich would be the last with the ability to stop it.

A task force appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio State Bar Association endorsed numerous reforms recommended, but they weren't implemented.

"More than three years have passed since we issued our report of 56 recommendations yet virtually nothing has changed".

The bar association notes that it has no position on the death penalty as means of punishment, but says it should be implemented equitably.

Ronald Phillips confessed to beating, raping and killing his girlfriend's three year old daughter Sheila Marie Evans.


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