Ruling halts Ohio executions

July 14, 2011
Columbus Dispatch

State won’t appeal judge’s decision; lethal-injection procedures to be revised

Ohio executions are on hold while state prison officials adjust lethal-injection procedures that a federal judge termed haphazard.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s decision not to appeal U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost’s order means an indefinite postponement of the execution of killer Kenneth Smith of Hamilton, in southwestern Ohio, which had been scheduled for Tuesday.

The long-range effect might include delays in some of the nine other executions scheduled through September 2012.

DeWine told The Dispatch yesterday that, while he “respectfully disagrees” with Frost’s ruling, “the state is going to take that decision and follow it and make revisions and comply with it.

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