Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Doug Berman has this post at Sentencing Law & Policy, excerpting a local article in part as follows:
In the wake of Dennis McGuire's controversial execution last week, legislative Democrats are ramping up efforts to halt — or at least modify — the death penalty in Ohio.
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Both bills come after McGuire, convicted of raping, choking and stabbing a 22-year-old woman in 1989, was the first person in the United States to be put to death using a new and untried lethal-injection cocktail involving midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative. McGuire made several loud snorting sounds during his execution last Thursday, which took more than 15 minutes and was one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed using capital punishment in 1999.