January 17, 2014 |
HOUSTON - An Ohio inmate's drawn-out execution this week led to an outcry about the increased use of new lethal injection drugs by the country's 32 death penalty states, a practice that experts predict will lead to more problems. Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday, appearing to gasp and snort, according to witnesses. His lethal injection was a combination of two drugs never tried before in a U.S. execution, according to experts at the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. McGuire, 53, was sentenced to death for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of Joy Stewart, 22, who was seven months pregnant.
January 16, 2014 |
So, the state of Ohio conducted a little experiment Thursday: Can you execute someone using just two drugs? And the result? Why, yes you can. But it wasn't quick , and it may not have been painless. First, a little background. The executed man, Dennis McGuire, was convicted in 1994 of raping and murdering Joy Stewart, 22, who was eight months' pregnant. And he eventually confessed to the crime. So there's no doubting his guilt. And Ohio, like several states, previously used a three-drug execution method.
January 16, 2014 |
Lying by and about politicians is a regrettable and probably permanent feature of American democracy. But should it also be a criminal offense? The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an argument by an antiabortion group challenging an Ohio law that criminalizes false statements about candidates for public office. The justices should allow the group's claim to proceed. Using criminal law to police truth in political debate is unnecessary and invites abuse. The Ohio law prohibits false statements about a candidate if they are made knowingly or with reckless disregard of whether they might be false.
January 16, 2014 |
Convicted murderer and rapist Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die, appearing to gasp during his execution Thursday by Ohio using a combination of drugs never tried before in the United States. The process, using a two-drug protocol, is the latest attempt by states seeking a way to execute prisoners in a constitutionally approved manner that avoids cruel and unusual punishment. The issue has been complicated because the manufacturer of a drug previously used made it unavailable for use in capital punishment.
December 26, 2013 |
An Ohio man on Thursday pleaded not guilty to raping and strangling a neighbor's 9-year-old daughter whose body was found in a trash bin at their trailer park. Jerrod Metsker, 24, was the last person to see Reann Murphy, 9, at their trailer park in Smithville, about 30 miles southwest of Akron. Metsker was seen building a snowman with the child on Dec. 14 and reported her missing, authorities said. Metsker joined the search for the child, whose body was found in a trash bin at the trailer park on Dec. 15. Metsker was arrested later that day and has been held in lieu of a $1-million bond on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.
December 18, 2013 |
Admittedly, I don't get a lot of my news from Fox News. But when I saw this headline Wednesday, “Non-citizens caught voting in 2012 presidential election in key swing state,” well, let's just say they had me at “non-citizens caught voting.” Like Mitt Romney weeks later, and Karl Rove on election night, Fox has its own way of spinning the 2012 election. But hey, if voter fraud cost Romney Ohio, that's big news - bigger than President Obama being born in Kenya, bigger than Obamacare as the worst government disaster ever, bigger than Benghazi, bigger than Obama's uncle whom he did/didn't know, bigger than, well, you get the Fox(y)