Judge Halts Ohio’s Executions Over ‘Haphazard’ Procedure

A federal judge halted Oho death row inmate’s execution this morning, calling the state’s implementation of lethal injection “haphazard.” In his decision, U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost wrote, “Ohio pays lip service to standards it then often ignores without valid reasons, sometimes with no physical ramifications and sometimes with what have been described as messy if not botched executions.” In 2007, Ohio made headlines for bungling the execution of Rommel Broom after trying unsuccessfully 18 separate times over the course of two hours to maintain an open vein. Frost’s order may also delay nine executions scheduled in the state through September 2012.

Sarah Bufkin