Monday, 5 October 2009

Ohio to appeal execution delay to U.S. Supreme Court

COLUMBUS — The state plans an immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of a decision delaying an execution three weeks after problems with a separate lethal injection attempt.

Ohio Attorney General spokeswoman Holly Hollingsworth says the state will file an appeal Monday opposing any delay in Thursday's planned execution of Lawrence Reynolds Jr.
A panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled 2-1 Monday to halt the execution of Reynolds, sentenced to die for strangling his 67-year-old neighbor in Cuyahoga Falls in 1994.

The judges based their decision on problems accessing the veins of condemned killer Romell Broom that led Gov. Ted Strickland to stop that execution Sept. 15.

The state argues that problems accessing Broom's veins doesn't mean that other inmates can't be executed properly.


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