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Ohio Leaders Call for Changes in Execution Law

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- In the wake of the controversial execution of Dennis McGuire, there are new efforts to halt the death penalty in Ohio.

State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) said she plans to introduce legislation to abolished the death penalty in Ohio. State Representative Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) is introducing a bill that would require the governor and state prison chief to be personally present during future executions.

The American Civil Liberties Union asked the governor to immediately stop executions with a moratorium.

Gov. John Kasich's spokesperson suggested that complying with the request would be unlikely.

"The governor supports the death penalty and the procedure is under review just as it is reviewed after every execution," Kasich's spokesperson stated.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction confirmed a review of the execution process would be conducted, as is protocol.

A spokesperson said there is no timetable for the completion of this review, and that it would be premature to make a comment about it before that time.

The recent execution was the first in the country to be performed using an experimental cocktail of lethal drugs. McGuire's death reportedly took about 20 minutes, during which the convicted rapist and murderer showed an obvious struggle.

Critics said the execution was unconstitutional in that it was "cruel and unusual." McGuire's family members have said they plan to file a federal lawsuit against the state.

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