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Ohio botched killing a man once, now it wants another chance
Ohio botched killing a man once, now it wants another chance

The state of Ohio tried five years ago to kill Romell Broom, and botched it. After two hours of failing to embed the intravenous sheath into a vein through which they could inject lethal drugs (some 18 separate painful attempts as they hit either muscle or bone), the executioners gave up and Broom, who was sure he was about to die, was returned to his cell. Now Ohio wants to try again. If it’s wrong for a state to execute one of its own citizens — and it is — then it’s doubly wrong to try to do it a second time. Especially since the state, inadvertent though it might have been, tortured Broom in the first go-around. Here’s the usual caveat for the bloodthirsty crowd: Romell committed a...

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