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Ohio governor issues temporary reprieves to death row inmates

Should a state government in this much disarray be Ted_Stricklandallowed to execute its citizens?

According to CNN, just hours after Ohio’s attorney general, Richard Cordray asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state’s execution of Lawrence Reynolds Jr. to proceed, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (right) granted the inmate a temporary stay so the state can “conduct a thorough and comprehensive review of an alternative or backup lethal injection protocol that is in accordance with Ohio law.”

The move comes less than a month after Ohio botched its attempt to execute Romell Broom, with Strickland issuing a temporary reprieve after guards spent two hours struggling to find a suitable vein to use for the lethal injection.

Ohio had planed to try to execute again Broom the following week, but Broom’s lawyers appealed, saying that a second attempt would violate his right against cruel and unusual punishment. A judge issued a stay and the case is still pending.

Darryl Durr, who was scheduled to be executed in the next few weeks, also received a temporary reprieve.

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.”

“Reynolds was sentenced to death for beating and strangling Loretta Mae Foster, his 67-year-old neighbor, during a home invasion in suburban Cleveland,” per CNN.

And according to, Durr “was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 16-year-old Elyria [Ohio] girl, Angel Vincent, in 1988.”

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