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Inmate who survived botched execution can be put to death: Court

 
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Inmate who survived botched execution can be put to death: Court
Inmate who survived botched execution can be put to death: Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state can try again to put to death a condemned killer whose 2009 execution was called off after two hours during which he cried in pain while receiving 18 needle sticks, the Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday.

The court's 4-3 ruling rejected arguments that giving the state prisons agency a second chance to execute Romell Broom would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy.

Prosecutors had argued double jeopardy doesn't apply because lethal drugs never entered Broom's veins while executioners unsuccessfully tried to hook up an IV. They also said a previously unsuccessful execution attempt doesn't affect the constitutionality of his death sentence.

Broom's attorneys called the ruling disappointing and said they were exploring "additional legal remedies." Ohioans to Stop Executions, the state's largest anti-death penalty group, called on Gov. John Kasich to commute Broom's sentence to life without parole.

With a federal appeal of the ruling likely, a second execution is years away. In addition, Ohio already has more than two dozen death row inmates with firm execution dates but no lethal drugs to use on them.

Broom was sentenced to die for raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton after abducting her in Cleveland in 1984 as she walked home from a football game with two friends.

Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger sided with the state in the case, saying the execution never began because the drugs weren't administered.

"Because Broom's life was never at risk since the drugs were not introduced, and because the state is committed to carrying out executions in a constitutional manner, we do not believe that it would shock the public's conscience to allow the state to carry out Broom's execution," Lanzinger wrote.
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Re: Inmate who survived botched execution can be put to death: Court
bump so more can see the war on the constitution is absolute and its enemies wear black robes among other things
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Re: Inmate who survived botched execution can be put to death: Court
Executing a man 32 years after a crime is like executing another man for the crime. People change for better or worse, but people aren't the same after 32 years. If we had a fair death penalty it would apply to all murderers, regardless of income or notoriety, and executions would take place within a reasonable amount of time. If we can't be fair about it, we should do away with the death penalty.





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