After three years of being outlawed, Ohio has made plans to continue death row executions in the beginning of 2017. Those facing the death penalty were in an uproar with the state’s decision to use a drug cocktail (sources remain unknown) for capital punishment.
One of the membesr of the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Allen Bohnert stated that Ohio was moving backwards with their new procedure for execution. Part of the reason had to do with the risks of pain and suffering greatly increasing. In January 2014, Ohio performed their last execution on a prisoner. Dennis McGuire, a convicted rapist-murderer’s death lasted 25 minutes. Some witnesses said that it looked as if McGuire was gasping for air.
Hydromorphone and sedative midazolam was used for Dennis McGuire’s injection. Next year, Ohio will use a cocktail that includes midazolam combined with paralytic rocuronium bromide. Another addition will be potassium chloride, which is used to stop the heart. According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the drug combination was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a previous case.
According to officials at the court hearing, a specialty pharmacy will not be compounding the drugs. It is believed that a primary manufacturer has been found by the state, which will sell the drugs. This act has become very difficult, because the public continues to fight against pharmaceutical firms being able to kill with their products. It remains to be unknown about who will supply the three-drug cocktail, due to the state’s secrecy, which is allowed by law.
As it gets closer to January, more and more people are worried about the outcome, with the return of Ohio’s lethal injection. One of those individuals is a prisoner that was sentenced to death, after being convicted for raping and murdering a 3-year-old. Attorneys of the next death-row prisoner, Ronald Phillips, are already planning to contest the new protocol of Ohio.
There is another inmate by the name of Romell Broom. The convicted killer was able to survive a botched execution that took place in 2009. After surviving the attempt, Broom has asked that a second attempt be declared as being unconstitutional, by the U.S. Supreme Court. Romell Broom’s lawyers call a second attempt “double jeopardy” and a cruel and usual punishment. This remains to be seen, when the lethal injection execution returns to the state of Ohio.