March 4, 2007
Ohio lethal injection litigation going forward
As noted here and here, on Friday a divided three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit ruled that an Ohio death row defendant's lethal injection challenge was time-barred. Accord to this news report, this "ruling will be appealed to the entire 6th Circuit court, and to the U.S. Supreme Court if the full appeals court upholds it, said Gregory Meyers, chief counsel to the Ohio Public Defender, who is representing" the defendant.
This further appeals process could take many weeks and perhaps many months, and this is all a squabble over a procedural issue and does not directly address the soundness of Ohio's lethal injection protocol. Meanwhile, there are three executions scheduled for Ohio over the next three months. Stay tuned, and remember that Ohio Death Penalty Information is the place to follow all the Ohio capital action.