An execution in Ohio was delayed for a week last night after prison technicians failed to find veins suitable for a lethal injection in the arms of a convicted child killer.
Romell Broom, sentenced to death for raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl in 1984, was due to die yesterday afternoon at Lucasville prison in southern Ohio. The state’s governor intervened after a two-hour struggle to insert the intravenous tubes required for a lethal injection into his arms.
I realise that might not meet the legal standard but it certainly meets the standard of cruel and unusual punishment to me. A two hour execution process which then fails?