Death Penalty = FAIL

Second Ohio execution is halted

A US appeals court has halted a man’s execution, three weeks after an attempt to put another man to death by lethal injection failed.

On 15 September, the execution of Romell Broom was abandoned after Ohio officials failed to find a vein.

Judges have now halted Thursday’s scheduled execution in the state of Lawrence Reynolds, 43.

The execution is being delayed until a federal judge can hear arguments over problems with the injection process.

The execution of Broom – convicted of rape and murder – is also on hold ahead of a federal court hearing on 30 November.

His lawyers argue that an unprecedented second execution attempt on Broom would violate a constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.