"Moratorium on Ohio’s executions extended until January," is by Alan Johnson for the Columbus Dispatch.
All three Ohio executions scheduled this year have been postponed by a federal judge because of the continuing controversy over lethal injection drugs.
U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost extended his previous moratorium on executions, which would have expired Friday. Frost’s new order, issued last Friday, pushes the moratorium until Jan. 15.
That forces the postponement of the schedule executions of Ronald Phillips of Summit County on Sept. 18, Raymond Tibbets of Hamilton County on Oct. 15, and Gregory Lott of Cuyahoga County on Nov. 19. They will all have to be rescheduled by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Frost issued the delay “in light of the continuing need for discovery and necessary preparations related to the adoption and implementation of the new execution protocol...The parties shall continue to work together to coordinate efforts so that the court can set necessary deadlines following expiration of the stay.”
"Judge extends moratorium on Ohio executions,"is the AP report, via WTAM-AM.
A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio as debate over the state's new two-drug combination continues.
The moratorium was to end this week. the new order extends it through Jan. 15.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, "Ohio's death-penalty moratorium extended until next January," by Jeremy Pelzer.
Ohio's new execution protocol calls for 50 mg each of midazolam and hydromorphone, the same dosage of the drugs employed in a nearly two-hour-long execution in Arizona last month.
Frost issued an order Friday extending the moratorium "in light of the continuing need for discovery and necessary preparations related to the adoption and implementation of the new execution protocol."
Earlier coverage of the Ohio moratorium begins a the link.