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THE US state of Ohio is to try again to execute a man convicted of murder after his death by lethal injection was botched this week when technicians spent two hours in a futile hunt for a vein that could take a needle.
At one point Romell Broom, 53, who was convicted of the kidnap, rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl 25 years ago, tried to help prison officers find a suitable vein by moving around and flexing his muscles. The prison governor later thanked him for his co-operation.
The failed attempt to execute Broom, described by critics of capital punishment as ''virtually unprecedented'', has again raised questions over the continued use of executions in the US.
A federal judge on Thursday ordered that Broom be deposed for a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection procedure.
The deposition for Broom is set for Monday, a day before he is again scheduled to be executed. His lawyers were planning overnight to file appeals in state and federal courts seeking to cancel or at least postpone his execution.
Prison officers this week described how, after about an hour of hunting for a suitable vein, Broom helped by turning on to his side, moving rubber tubing along his arm and flexing his hand and muscles.
At one point, technicians found what appeared to be a suitable vein but it collapsed as they inserted a needle, apparently because of past drug use.
Broom became so distressed that he lay on his back and covered his face with both hands. One of the execution team handed him a toilet roll to wipe away tears.
The prison director, Terry Collins, contacted Ohio's Governor, Ted Strickland, to tell him of the difficulties. The Governor issued a temporary reprieve. Mr Collins later thanked the condemned man for what he said was the respect he showed towards the execution team and for the way he endured the ordeal.
Originally posted by jd140
reply to post by Kryties
He can sit in the middle of a large desert naked if you want him to sit somewhere for the rest of his life.
Personally, I don't want my tax dollars going to a piece of crap like him.
Things You Should Know About the Death Penalty
COST: It is cheaper to incarcerate a murderer for the rest of his/her life than to execute him or her. Statistics show that the average cost for 40 years of prison is $600,000 to $700,000. An execution normally runs $2 million to $3.2 million dollars.
The reason I don't feel any sympathy for him is because I imagine that poor little girl crying her eyes out calling for daddy to save her as he rapes her and the sheer terror she might have felt when she realised that she was going to die.
Think about that and tell me you are ok with him staying alive because he felt a little mental anguish.
nobody deserves to have to go through that
Deny Emotion, Apply Logic.
Emotional blackmail will not change my opinion of this.
Originally posted by Kryties
reply to post by jd140
General rudeness? HAH! When someone starts shouting "Why god why won't someone think of the children" I immediately think they are emotionally blackmailing someone. Call it conditioning from the media or just too much time here on ATS.