[Jonathan Adler, September 17, 2009 at 6:35pm] Trackbacks
Ohio authorities were supposed to execute Romell Bloom on Tuesday. Technicians spent two hours trying to find a vein to use for the lethal injection procedure, to no avail, prompting Governor Ted Strickland to order a one-week reprieve. Next week, they will try again. In the meantime, Bloom's attorneys and death penalty opponents will press the arguments that it would be unconstitutional to execute Bloom, either because Ohio's lethal injection protocol or a repeat attempt to execute Bloom constitutes cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. Here's coverage from the NYT and Cleveland Plain Dealer.