U.S. Supreme Court Denies Challenge of Ohio Inmate Fighting State's Second Execution Attempt


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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court elected to pass on Ohio inmate Romell Broom's state execution challenge. Broom has been arguing that the state's 2009 execution attempt inhibits its ability to try again; he claims that a second attempt would constitute cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of constitutional rights.

In 2009, officials stuck Broom with needles 18 times, with no success. "I tried to assist them by helping to tie my own arm," Broom stated in an affidavit days later. He was the first inmate in the U.S. to ever survive a state execution attempt.