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Ohio ACLU wants lethal injections suspended
The group wants Gov. John Kasich to suspend the next nine injections through 2015
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Mike Brickner with the American Civil Liberties Union says even supporters of the death penalty should want it to be fair, humane and comply with the constitution.
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is asking Governor John Kasich to suspend executions. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the group says botched lethal injections recently are good reason to put the practice on hold.
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The Ohio ACLU wants clemency granted to Arthur Tyler, the next man on death row to be scheduled for execution. And Director of Communications Mike Brickner says his group wants the Governor to suspend the next nine executions through 2015. 

Brickner says a botched execution in Oklahoma earlier this week is the latest reminder of why Ohio should put the practice on hold. The lethal injection in Oklahoma was stopped after an inmate’s vein collapsed as the first drug was being administered but he died shortly after that of a heart attack.

Ohio had its own problematic lethal injection in January. Witnesses said the inmate, Dennis McGuire, showed signs of severe pain as he was being put to death. 

The state’s review concluded he wasn’t in pain, but officials have decided to increase the dosage of the drugs in future lethal injections. Governor Kasich has said in the past that he supports the death penalty. But Brickner says even supporters of the death penalty should agree that it must be fair, humane and comply with the constitution.
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