Ohio Executions Temporarily Halted By Judge

By: Toni Matthews-El - May 28, 2014

There will be no executions carried out in the state of Ohio until after August 15th.

This two and a half month window of time was granted by a federal judge so that arguments over the state’s new lethal injection methods could continue.

The legal fight is being waged over the decision of Ohio to increase the dosage of the lethal injection drugs among other adjustments.

The state uses two different drugs, injected simultaneously, during lethal injection procedures.

The changes follow the highly controversial execution of Dennis McGuire, who took twenty six minutes to die during his January 16th execution.

Ohio has responded by upping the amount of sedatives and painkillers given to prisoners being executed.

Though the state stands by its method of executing McGuire (he gasped multiple times during his final minutes), it announced in April that the changes were meant “to allay any remaining concerns” about inhuman execution methods.

The continued existence of a death penalty in the United States is coming under increasing scrutiny from abroad and domestically. In truth, it has long been a controversial and divisive subject:

The state of Washington moved to halt the method indefinitely and others are considering it.

Much of the controversy stems from the beliefs that it’s wrong for the state to take a life and that the methods used are cruel and painful.

According to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, despite his unusual execution, McGuire “did not experience pain, distress or air hunger after the drugs were administered.” He was reportedly unconscious minutes after being given the fatal injection.

From his court in Columbus, Ohio, federal judge Gregory Frost on Tuesday allowed for executions to be temporarily halted as filings are being made.

Executions scheduled for July and early August will be pushed back to later dates.

Ronald Phillips will see his execution date pushed back for the second time.

Phillips was set to die July 2nd after being sentenced for the 1993 murder and rape of Sheila Marie Evans, his then girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • reid

    with all the problems associated with the Death penalty it seems that Life in prison would be a reasonable alternative ???

  • jeanniem22

    This guy raped and murdered a three year old – he can gasp all he wants – either way he will die a much easier death then that poor little angel did.

  • Death Penalty Proponent

    Why should any of us care if someone that raped and murdered a 3 year old has a painless death? Frankly, I’d tie him up in a room and left the girl’s Mother and family take care of the problem. With all the bleeding heart Liberals in this country, we have become to pussified. I’d love to have these bleeding hearts explain why this is inhumane, but abortion is ok.
    Giving people on death row a life sentence instead is wrong in so many ways. The only way I could agree to that is if they got the life sentence and were then thrown in a room and not give food or water, so that the term of their life was VERY short.