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Court fight over Ohio executions likely to focus on sedative

3 months 1 week 5 days ago October 09, 2016 Oct 9, 2016 Sunday, October 09 2016 October 09, 2016 12:46 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio says it's resuming executions in January with a three-drug protocol similar to one it used for several years.

The concept is one adopted for decades by many states: the first drug sedates inmates, the second paralyzes them, and the third stops their hearts.

The key difference comes with the first drug the state plans to use, midazolam (mih-DAY'-zoh-lam), which has been challenged in court as unreliable.

The state argues that a planned dose of 500 milligrams will ensure that inmates are properly sedated.

Defense attorneys say it's unclear what a much bigger dose would achieve.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

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