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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Botched Ohio Execution Leads to One-Week Stay

The execution team had trouble finding the vein of the condemned. Crime and Consequences has a post on this ("Execution Attempt in Vein") that links to the AP story. Doug Berman's post at Sentencing Law and Policy ("More on Ohio's execution troubles and what could happen next") says:

In modern times, a completely failed lethal injection execution is unchartered legal terrain, and Broom's lawyers are certainly going to urge state and federal courts to grant a stay so that they have plenty of time to chart this terrain.  Whether Broom avoids execution altogether is hard to predict, but I won't be at all surprised if Broom lives a lot longer than just an extra week.

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