"Focus returns to next source of Ohio lethal drug after execution of security guard's killer," is the AP report by Legal Affairs Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins. It's via the Republic.
Attention is back on Ohio's search for a new execution drug after the state put to death a security guard's killer and the deadline for finding a new drug approaches rapidly.
Frederick Treesh received a dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital and was pronounced dead Wednesday morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction runs out of its pentobarbital supply in September, and the agency is seeking an alternative. One option floated by authorities is obtaining the drug from compounding pharmacies, which are licensed to create small batches of drugs for specific clients.
Regular pentobarbital is no longer available because its manufacturer has put it off limits to states for executions.
It was Ohio's first execution of the year, and the fourth execution in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,324 post-Furman executions since 1977.
France has issued a diplomatic communique on the Ohio execution.
France condemns the execution by lethal injection of Frederick Treesh in the state of Ohio on March 6, 2013. This is the 4th execution in the United States in 2013 and the 50th prisoner to be put to death in Ohio since the moratorium ended in 1999.
France reaffirms its constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. This is the thrust of the campaign for the universal abolition of the death penalty, launched on October 9, 2012. Our diplomatic network is fully committed to this priority, wherever the death penalty continues to be applied. France urges the Ohio authorities to put an end to the executions, to re-establish a moratorium and to initiate a debate on the abolition of the death penalty.