Judge Blocks Ohio Execution, Cites State’s “Self-Inflicted Wound”


An Ohio federal judge blocked the execution scheduled for next week of murderer Charles Lorraine yesterday while excoriating the state for failing to follow its own death-penalty protocol, reports the Columbus Dispatch. “Do not lie to the court, do not fail to do what you tell this court you must do, and do not place the court in the position of being required to change course in this litigation after every hearing,” said U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost. “It should not be so hard for Ohio to follow procedures that the state itself created. Today's adverse decision [ ] is again a curiously if not inexplicably self-inflicted wound.”

It is unclear whether Frost's withering criticism will have an impact beyond stopping the execution of Lorraine, 45, was convicted of murdering an alderly couple in 1986. Attorney General Mike DeWine will appeal Frost's decision to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Public Defender Allen Bohnert called on Gov. John Kasich to issue a moratorium in light of “federal constitutional problems.”

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