Ohio which several years back was only second to Texas in the number of execution carried over the course of a year has been at the intersection of several trends, reported the Washington Post. The first is halting executions for what will turn out to be at least three years after it changed its lethal-injection protocol and sought new drugs.
Ohio planned to resume executions in January for the first time since a lethal injection in 2014 lasted nearly a half-hour.
It is not clear whether Ohio will resume executions as planned. Second, in response to a lawsuit challenging the secrecy law shielding the identities of whoever makes the state’s execution drugs, a judge this week stayed those executions. Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) then rescheduled those executions once again, pushing the first back to at least February.
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