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Gov. John Kasich has put Ohio executions on hold until May, citing a legal challenge to the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol.

The governor's office released a statement saying it had postponed the execution dates for the next eight prisoners on death row, including the next prisoner to die, Ronald Phillips, who had his date moved from next Wednesday to May 10.

Federal Judge Rejects Ohio's New Lethal Injection Process

Jan 26, 2017
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A federal judge has declared Ohio's new lethal injection process unconstitutional and delayed three upcoming executions.

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Records show Ohio has obtained repeat supplies of the lethal drugs it plans to use on a condemned child killer next month. Inventory logs obtained by The Associated Press through a records request also show Ohio has enough drugs to carry out multiple executions.

Attorneys Liken Execution Plan To Burning Inmates At Stake

Oct 27, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Defense attorneys rushing to stop Ohio's first execution in three years say the state's new lethal injection system is akin to burning inmates at the stake or burying them alive.

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A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers. 

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ruled out looking for alternative methods of execution, such as the firing squad or hanging, while the state struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs.

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Oct 26, 2015
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With two dozen scheduled executions on hold, Ohio is pushing to obtain a lethal-injection drug from overseas to end the shortage. Issue 3, the initiative to legalize marijuana in Ohio, might be derailed if issue 2, a competing ballot measure that would prohibit a monopoly on drugs like marijuana, is passed. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is placing a renewal levy on the November ballot that will ask Franklin County voters for financial support. 


The decision to push back execution dates for a dozen condemned killers for a year or more has angered supporters of the death penalty in Ohio. And it has some state lawmakers considering new methods for execution.

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Ohio is delaying executions until at least 2017 while prison officials try to secure supplies of hard-to-obtain lethal injection drugs, officials said. Gov. John Kasich has issued warrants of reprieve allowing the execution dates for 11 inmates scheduled to die next year and one scheduled for early 2017 to be pushed into ensuing years.

Feds Say Ohio Plan To Import Execution Drugs Is Illegal

Aug 20, 2015
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The feds are warning Ohio not to try to bring in drugs from other countries to carry out executions.

Agreement Reached Over Lethal Injection Information Request

Mar 26, 2015
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An agreement has been reached over death row inmates’ subpoenas of Board of Pharmacy information about drugs used for lethal injection in Ohio.

At issue were attempts by inmates’ lawyers to find out more about the state’s lethal injection process, which now calls for two drugs Ohio doesn’t have and which may only be available in specialty doses created by compounding pharmacies.