The ghosts of problem executions past combined with an aborted attempt two weeks ago are haunting Ohio prison officials, says the Columbus Dispatch. Death-penalty opponents argue that Ohio’s lethal injections should be halted, at least temporarily.
The Ohio public defender told federal and state courts yesterday that the botched attempt to execute Romell Broom on Sept. 15 – coupled with problems in two previous executions – warrants postponing the scheduled lethal injection of Lawrence Reynolds next week.
“Until a thorough and proper review of Ohio’s lethal injection protocol is conducted, executions should not be allowed to proceed in the state,” Kelly L. Schneider, head of the public defender’s death-penalty section, told the Dispatch. “It seems like the logical thing to do is to take a step back and see what’s going on here.”