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A Disturbing Ruling

A Sixth Circuit appeals court panel ruled this month that Ohio’s three-drug execution protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments. The panel’s decision is at odds with federal magistrate Judge Merz’s conclusion earlier this … Continue reading

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Ohio Officials Reflect

Ohio’s governor, Governor DeWine, has admitted that the state’s deception when buying execution drugs could result in legitimate users in Ohio being deprived of their medicines.. The state has been purchasing drugs for executions through its Department of Mental Health and … Continue reading

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Ronald Phillips: Breakdown of Criminal Justice

A ruling by a federal court makes it more likely that executions will resume in Ohio on July 26, despite warnings that the state’s drug protocol could cause immense pain. The first person due to face this pain is Ronald Phillips.[i] Phillips … Continue reading

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A Critical Turning Point

Last week the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, announced it was prohibiting the use of its chemicals as execution drugs. It thus brought the US death penalty to a new juncture. As the human rights organisation, Reprieve, commented:  “This is a critical turning … Continue reading

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Lack of Execution Drugs

Ohio’s current execution policy calls for single doses of either sodium thiopental or pentobarbital, both powerful sedatives. But drugs for lethal injections are hard to come by. The EU banned the export of these drugs for use in executions. Ohio responded by passing … Continue reading

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Death Penalty Errors

The repeal of the death penalty in Nebraska last month was described by Andrea Lyon in the New York Daily News as a ‘Nixon-visits-Red-China moment’: in over 40 years no other conservative state has abolished the death penalty. Libertarian-minded conservatives formed … Continue reading

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Execution Date Postponed

Jeffrey Wogenstahl was told late on Friday that his execution date has been postponed by nearly 10 months, from January 21 2016 to November 16 2016. Six other Ohio death row inmates were informed that their 2015 execution dates had … Continue reading

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