Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ohio back in the execution business

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory L. Frost cleared the way for the resumption of executions in Ohio after a four-month delay.

Frost denied a request by Mark Wayne Wiles of Portage County to halt his execution, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 18 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville. Wiles was sentenced to death for killing 15-year-old Mark Klima of Rootstown, in northeastern Ohio, on August 7, 1985, reported the Columbus Dispatch.

The state has about one inmate a month scheduled for execution by lethal injection until early 2014. Unless there is further judicial intervention, Ohio presumably is back in the capital-punishment business.

Frost wrote, “Ohio’s new procedures look good on paper ... Ohio has time and again failed to follow through on its own execution protocol. The protocol is constitutional as written, and executions are lawful, but the problem has been Ohio’s repeated inability to do what it says it will do,” reported the Dispatch.

Before the delay Ohio was second only to Texas in executions carried-out over the last couple of years

To read more:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/04/05/death-penalty-set-to-resume-in-ohio.html

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