Ohio's court-issued stay on executions will last until next year after this year's controversial execution of Dennis McGuire, which lasted nearly 20 minutes, and controversial executions in Arizona and Oklahoma
, which use the same lethal injection cocktail as the Ohio. Plenty of folks around the state and country, including officials in Ohio, had and have concerns about the drugs being used.
A state task force appointed by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor came back with 57 recommendations
on the death penalty recently, among them that the state shouldn't be executing folks unless the case involves DNA evidence or a videotaped confession, that we shouldn't be in the business of executing people who were mentally ill when the crimes were committed, and more.
Not among the recommendations: shrouding the process in more secrecy.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told the Gannett editorial boards
this week that two things have to happen in Ohio legislature, he feels, before any executions can take place in Ohio again next year.
“You’re not going to see a death penalty take place until the General Assembly takes action,” DeWine said during a joint meeting with David Pepper, his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 4 election. The session with Gannett newspaper editors in Ohio was streamed live on the Internet.
The execution issues deal with providing anonymity for “compounding pharmacies” and immunity protection for physicians who help the state with legal support for executions, DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said.
Sure. That's what we need.