Ohio appeals ruling that halted killer's execution

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 5:24 PM
Ohio appeals ruling that halted killer's execution

Ohio has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the state's lethal injection procedures, arguing that minor deviations in policy don't mean the system is unconstitutional.

The office of Attorney General Mike DeWine says that, without Supreme Court action, Ohio is in danger of having dozens of executions delayed on a case-by-case basis.

The appeal filed Friday asks the court to let Ohio put to death 45-year-old Charles Lorraine, sentenced to die for fatally stabbing an elderly couple in Warren in 1986.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost halted Lorraine's execution on Jan. 12, saying the state failed to properly document the drugs used in its last execution in November and failed to review the medical chart of the inmate who was put to death.