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Federal court blocks three Ohio executions, rules state's lethal injection process unconstitutional

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief Published: January 26, 2017 11:37 AM

Merz agreed, noting in the ruling Thursday, “The court concludes that use of midazolam as the first drug in Ohio’s present three-drug protocol will create a ‘substantial risk of serious harm’ or an ‘objectively intolerable risk of harm…’”

More than 30 executions are scheduled through early 2021.


Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief.

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