Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hearing On Constitutionality Of Ohio's Execution Methods Postponed

The hearing scheduled before a federal district court Judge in Ohio on the constitutionality of Ohio's execution process has been postponed.  10tv.com has a story stating "In an order filed Monday, U.S. Southern District Court of Ohio Judge Gregory Frost said both sides need more time before bringing the battle over the state's lethal injection system to court, 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported."  A subsequent story stated "Broom has a Dec. 9 hearing regarding the stay of execution originally granted by Judge Gregory Frost."

As discussed here, the Sixth Circuit has recognized the importance of the upcoming hearing and held:
Broom’s arguments about these very issues will be heard before the Honorable Gregory Frost of the United States District Court of the Southern District of Ohio; to permit this, his execution has been stayed until at least November 30, 2009. Given the important constitutional and humanitarian issues at stake in all death penalty cases, these problems in the Ohio lethal injection protocol are certainly worthy of meaningful consideration. Judge Frost is best positioned to conduct a comprehensive review of these issues for both Reynolds and Broom.
Other posts relating to Mr. Broom's execution can be found here and here.


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