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OHIO (USA): BROOM LOSES APPEAL TO BLOCK 2ND ATTEMPT AT EXECUTION

December 12, 2016: The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Romell Broom whose 2009 execution was called off after 2 hours during which he cried in pain while receiving 18 needle sticks.
The court's 6-2 ruling denies Broom the opportunity to argue that giving the state prisons agency a 2nd chance to execute him would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy. Broom, 60, is only the 2nd inmate to survive an execution in U.S. history and the only via lethal injection.
In 1947, Louisiana electrocuted 18-year-old Willie Francis by electric chair a year after an improperly prepared electric chair failed to work.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow the 2nd execution to proceed, rejecting double jeopardy arguments. Broom was sentenced to die for raping and killing 14-year-old Tryna Middleton in 1984. Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan said they would have granted Broom's appeal, with Breyer saying the execution attempt took place under "especially cruel and unusual circumstances." Despite the ruling, a 2nd execution is years away because of other scheduled executions and uncertainty over the state's supply of lethal injection drugs. Broom's lawyer called the court's decision a missed opportunity.
Previous lawsuits alleging that a botched execution violated an inmate's rights involved prisoners who ultimately died, said attorney Adele Shank. "Here the court had the opportunity to address a case where there was a living person there to vindicate their constitutional rights," Shank said. "So it's very disappointing that this unique opportunity was not accepted for review by the court." Ohioans to Stop Executions, the state's largest anti-death penalty organization, renewed its call for Republican Gov. John Kasich to grant Broom clemency.
The Ohio Supreme Court earlier this year rejected Broom's state appeal. The court sided with prosecutors who say double jeopardy doesn't apply to Broom because lethal drugs never entered Broom's veins while executioners unsuccessfully tried to hook up an IV.
Broom's 2009 execution was stopped by then-Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, after an execution team tried for 2 hours to find a suitable vein. Broom has said he was stuck with needles at least 18 times, with pain so intense he cried and screamed. An hour into the execution, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction recruited a part-time prison doctor with no experience or training with executions to try - again, unsuccessfully - to find a vein.
Broom has been back on death row since. No new execution date has been set. (Source: mcclatchydc.com, 12/12/2016)

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