(Washington Post) The Supreme Court has ruled that execution by lethal injection does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. But that has not endowed state executioners with the competence or the proper drugs to always perform those executions smoothly or humanely. Indeed, the past few years have seen highly publicized examples of botched executions, most notably that of Clayton Lockett, an Oklahoma murderer who kicked, grimaced and survived for 43 minutes after his execution began in April 2014. The problem there, officials later said, was properly inserting the IV needle to administer the deadly poison and a lack of training on what to do when things went wrong.
But in the annals of botched execution attempts, the effort to inject a lethal potion into the body of Romell Broom at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility on Sept. 15, 2009, surely set some sort of record, not only because it failed, but because it failed repeatedly for 95 minutes to two hours, with the man crying and screaming in pain.
Now, the Ohio Supreme Court is giving the state a do-over.
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