Ohio: Changes In Execution Process Constitutional

Published January 13, 2012 2:27PM (EST)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say deviations from the state's execution process are so minor they wouldn't cause an inmate pain or violate his rights and are therefore constitutional.

The state attorney general's office says a federal appeals court should allow an execution to proceed next week over a judge's objections.

Forty-five-year-old Charles Lorraine is scheduled to die for stabbing an elderly couple to death. Principal Assistant Attorney General Charles Wille (WIHL'-ee) said in a court filing Friday that Lorraine hasn't provided any proof that claims about execution policy changes are valid.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost on Wednesday delayed Lorraine's execution, saying the state failed to document the drugs used in its last execution in November and failed to review the medical chart of the inmate put to death.

By Salon Staff

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