A divided Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that judges don’t have the authority to seal the criminal records of offenders pardoned by the governor.
Biros execution canceled
The U.S. Supreme Court has called off today’s scheduled execution of convicted killer Kenneth Biros.
Prisons officials had prepared him for the execution scheduled at ten this morning. Six hours after that, the high court declined to hear the state’s appeal of an order from a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court to delay the execution.
The wait was tough on relatives of the victim who traveled to the prison in Lucasville in southern Ohio.
Biros has acknowledged he killed 22-year-old Tami Engstrom in 1991. Her body was cut up and the parts scattered across eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
The court delay is to allow him to argue with other inmates in a lawsuit saying Ohio’s method of execution by lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.