Category Archives: Death Penalty

Commentary: Another Failed Execution Attempt in Ohio.

On September 15, 2009, the state tried, but failed, to execute Romell Broom. The execution team couldn’t find a good vein, failing to insert a catheter after pricking Broom 18 times, for nearly two hours, during which time Broom reportedly … Continue reading

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Prosecutor Seeks Execution Date for Romell Broom.

On March 13, 2017, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor filed a motion in the Supreme Court of Ohio to set an execution date for Romell Broom. This is just one of many such motions in Ohio. But with Broom this request is … Continue reading

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Ohio Seeks to Resume Executions in January of 2017

The state is back in federal court seeking to resume executions in Ohio. Ronald Phillips is set to be executed January 12, 2017, for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s three year old daughter in 1993.

Ohio uses lethal … Continue reading

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Defense Files Cert. Petition in U.S. Supreme Court in Romell Broom Case

Further Update: On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Broom”s petition.

Update: Read the state’s brief in opposition here.

In State v. Broom, 2016-Ohio-1028, the Supreme Court of Ohio decided in a 4-3 opinion written … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Permissibility of Disparate Treatment for Capital Defendants in Postconviction Review of Applications for DNA Testing. State v. Noling.

Update: On December 21, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case. Read the analysis here.

“A non-capital defendant is afforded an appellate review that is not discretionary. The appellate court has to … Continue reading

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More Food for Thought on the Death Penalty.

For those of you interested in lethal injections and the death penalty (see, e.g. State v. Broom, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-1028, and this blog post analyzing the Broom decision), I highly recommend this article from a recent New … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Second Execution Attempt Not Unconstitutional. State v. Broom.

On March 16, 2016 the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Broom, 2016-Ohio-1028. In a 4-3 opinion written by Justice Lanzinger, the court held that a second attempt to execute Romell Broom, after … Continue reading

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Read Justice Pfeifer’s Latest Dissent from Death Penalty Execution Date. Justice O’Neill Joins Him in Dissent.

On February 19, 2016, the court set October 17, 2019, as the execution date for James P. Frazier, who was convicted of murdering Mary Stevenson in 2004 in the Northgate Apartments in North Toledo where both lived, during a robbery … Continue reading

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What Happened on Remand: Willie Herring Spared the Death Penalty.

Case Background

On April 30, 1996, Willie Herring and five other men robbed a bar in Youngstown which resulted in the deaths of three people. Herring, who was barely eighteen at the time of the crime, was subsequently convicted of three counts … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Does a Botched Execution Attempt Preclude a Second Try? State of Ohio v. Romell Broom.

Update: On March 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Broom.  Read the analysis of that decision here.

“Are you arguing that the Constitution requires a quick and painless death … Continue reading

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