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Lethal injection mix ruled illegal

June 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The state's method of execution is unconstitutional because two of the three drugs it uses for lethal injection can cause "an agonizing and painful death," a judge ruled.

Executioners must stop using the three-drug combination and use a single anesthetic drug because state law requires a painless death, the judge ruled in Elyria.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the lethal injection procedure in Kentucky, which uses the same three drugs as Ohio.

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