Prosecutor Urges Ohio To Appeal Death Penalty Case

Published January 14, 2012 10:36PM (EST)

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor is asking Ohio to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of an inmate whose scheduled Wednesday execution has been delayed.

Two federal courts agreed with Charles Lorraine's contention that Ohio broke its promise to adhere strictly to its execution procedures. The state claimed deviations from the procedure during the last execution were minor.

A federal appeals court ruled the execution should be delayed while the changes are reviewed.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins sent Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) a letter Saturday urging him to ask the attorney general to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The governor's spokesman says the office is working with the attorney general to determine how to proceed.

The 45-year-old Lorraine was condemned for fatally stabbing an elderly couple 25 years ago.

By Salon Staff

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