The Latest: Inmate in good spirits despite execution ruling

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Posted: Mar 16, 2016 3:53 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the Ohio Supreme Court decision allowing a second execution attempt on a death row inmate following a 2009 botched procedure (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Lawyers for a death row inmate say they're disappointed by an Ohio Supreme Court decision that would allow the state to try a second time to execute their client following a 2009 botched procedure.

Attorneys Timothy Sweeney and Adele Shank say their client Romell Broom was told of the court's ruling Wednesday and is in good spirits.

The attorneys say Broom looks forward to pursuing additional legal remedies. They didn't elaborate

The state's biggest anti-death penalty group announced a petition drive asking Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) to commute Broom's sentence to life without parole.

Kasich spokesman Joe Andrews says he hasn't seen the petition.

The court rejected arguments that a second execution attempt would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy.

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9:20 a.m.

The Ohio Supreme Court says the state can try again to execute a condemned killer who survived a 2009 botched execution.

The court ruled 4-3 Wednesday to reject arguments by death row inmate Romell Broom that giving the state prisons agency a second chance would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy.

The state stopped Broom's 2009 execution after two hours when executioners failed to find a usable vein following 18 attempts to insert needles.

The 59-year-old Broom is only the second inmate to survive an execution in U.S. history and the only via lethal injection.

The state said lower courts properly determined that any mistakes happened during execution preparations, not the actual procedure.

Broom still has federal appeals pending.