U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Overrule Hold On Ohio Executions

State leaders had argued any deviations from Ohio's death penalty law were too minor to warrant a hold on all execution.(Photo: S. Falkow (Flickr))
State leaders had argued any deviations from Ohio's death penalty law were too minor to warrant a hold on all execution.(Photo: S. Falkow (Flickr))

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Ohio’s request to put a condemned killer to death by refusing to overrule lower court rulings that put the execution on hold.

The court on Wednesday denied the state’s appeal of decisions in inmate Charles Lorraine’s case that said Ohio had strayed too far from its execution policies to be trusted to carry out the death sentence, at least for now.

State leaders argued minor deviations in policy should not derail the entire system.

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