Failed Execution Raises Questions about Ohio’s Method of Lethal Injection

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Tuesday’s failed attempt to administer a lethal injection to convicted murderer Romell Broom has the American Civil Liberties Union calling for an immediate stop to executions in Ohio and the governor waiting to hear what’s next from prisons officials.

A prison log blames past drug use by Broom for the execution teams inability to find a usable vein. Their efforts were stopped after two hours.

Calling the state’s execution process “faulty and dangerous,” ACLU staff counsel Carrie Davis points to two other extended executions – Joseph Clark in 2006 and Christopher Newton in May of 2007.

The state last year implemented new procedures.

Governor Ted Strickland issued a one week stay of execution for Broom who remains in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

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