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Ohio botches execution, inmate given one-week stay after medical staff spends two hours looking for veins

A gruesome description of Ohio’s attempted execution of Romell_BroomRomell Broom (right) Sept. 15 appeared in media across the country. For those of you who missed the account, here’s a synopsis from the Death Penalty Information Center:

According to the Associated Press, the correctional officers encountered so much difficulty in finding a suitable vein for the lethal injection that, after an hour, Broom attempted to assist them by moving on his side, sliding the rubber tubing up and down his arm, and flexing his fingers. A vein was found, but it collapsed as the technicians inserted a saline solution. Broom’s assistance did not help, and he turned on his back and covered his face with both hands. He appeared to be in distress and wiped his eyes. One of the execution team handed him a roll of toilet paper, which he used. The executioners attempted to use the veins in his legs and he grimaced. One of the team patted him on his back. Finally, the executions gave up their attempts, indicating they needed a break.

After two hours, Prison Director Terry Collins contacted Gov. Ted Strickland who issued the last minute reprieve. “Difficulties in administering the execution protocol necessitate a temporary reprieve,” said Strickland’s Warrant of Reprieve, filed in court Tuesday afternoon. Collins thanked Broom for the respect he showed the execution team and for the way in which he handled the difficulties.

While KCADP supports Gov. Strickland’s intervention, he needs to take Broom off the killing list forever and ask Ohio’s legislature to end the death penalty. What happened in Ohio yesterday is clearly cruel and unusual punishment.

According to CBS News, “Broom was sentenced to die for the rape and slaying of 14-year-old Tryna Middleton after abducting her in Cleveland in September 1984 as she walked home from a Friday night football game with two friends.”

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  1. Pauley says

    And this is the third time Ohio has botched lethal injections. In Kentucky, the U. S. Supreme Court denied Ralph Baze’s contention this might be cruel and unusual. Ohio’s experience is making it look pretty damn cruel.

  2. Paulina Gilbert says

    This is nothing short of barbaric treatment of a human being. Two wrongs do not make a right. To subject this human being to such cruelty makes me sick to my stomach. When is this killing – murder – in the name of justice going to stop? For pity’s sake let it be soon!

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