Lawmakers say they won't abandon death penalty - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Lawmakers say they won't abandon death penalty

Posted: Updated:
DALLAS (AP) - A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection outraged death-penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention this week.

But the inmate's agony alone is highly unlikely to change minds about capital punishment in the nation's most active death-penalty states, where lawmakers say there is little political will to move against lethal injections.

Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian is a lawmaker who pushed to have state Supreme Court justices impeached for briefly halting Tuesday's execution. He says he doesn't care whether inmates are executed by injection, electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or "being fed to the lions."

Defense attorneys for death-row inmates hope Tuesday's spectacle provides new evidence to argue that the injections are inhumane and illegal.

  • RegionalMore>>

  • Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers

    Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers

    Supporters of the fired Ohio State University marching band director say they plan to show up in force for a meeting of the university trustees.
    Ohio State trustees have heard from a designated band alumnus and an outraged parent without further comment on the firing of marching band director Jonathan Waters.
  • Temporary fence around pond where body of senior found

    Temporary fence around pond where body of senior found

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:25:43 GMT
    A temporary fence is now in place around a private pond in Perrysburg. That's after an elderly man somehow fell into the water and died. It happened last week, at the senior living center "Saint Clare Commons."Rescue crews recovered the body of John Voland, along with a motorized wheelchair. Voland, who was 94, lived at the facility. The director tells 13abc the temporary fence will stay up until the completion of the internal investigation and the one by police.
    A temporary fence is now in place around a private pond in Perrysburg. That's after an elderly man somehow fell into the water and died. It happened last week, at the senior living center "Saint Clare Commons."Rescue crews recovered the body of John Voland, along with a motorized wheelchair. Voland, who was 94, lived at the facility. The director tells 13abc the temporary fence will stay up until the completion of the internal investigation and the one by police.
  • Detroit gets $275 million financing from Barclays

    Detroit gets $275 million financing from Barclays

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:44:07 GMT
    Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager says Barclays PLC will provide $275 million to fund the city's exit from bankruptcy. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr's office said Thursday the money will be used to pay off a $120 million loan.
    Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager says Barclays PLC will provide $275 million to fund the city's exit from bankruptcy. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr's office said Thursday the money will be used to pay off a $120 million loan.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Cullen Park improvements set to begin

    Cullen Park improvements set to begin

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:34:42 GMT
    According to are lease issued by Toledo Mayor,D. Michael Collins,Cullen Park will close beginning September 2, 2014 so improvements can begin.
    According to are lease issued by Toledo Mayor,D. Michael Collins,Cullen Park will close beginning September 2, 2014 so improvements can begin.
  • TMA's Glass Pavilion closed, city workers rupture A.C.

    TMA's Glass Pavilion closed, city workers rupture A.C.

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:08:54 GMT
    Inside of the Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion, it can get hot. After all, the hands-on section is called the "Hot Shop."The rest of the museum has to stay cool, to keep the completed pieces from melting or weeping. Right now, a sign on the door shows: "The glass pavilion will be closed today due to a utility issue."The air conditioning is out. City crews digging into Parkwood to repair a sewer line severed the air conditioning lines. These underground pipes act like ducts, funneling air...
    Inside of the Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion, it can get hot. After all, the hands-on section is called the "Hot Shop."The rest of the museum has to stay cool, to keep the completed pieces from melting or weeping. Right now, a sign on the door shows: "The glass pavilion will be closed today due to a utility issue."The air conditioning is out. City crews digging into Parkwood to repair a sewer line severed the air conditioning lines. These underground pipes act like ducts, funneling air...
  • Labor Day drivers prepare for construction

    Labor Day drivers prepare for construction

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:25 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:25:03 GMT
    Construction season is still in full swing, making it a little harder for holiday travelers. Work crews will not be out this weekend, but permanent work zones will still stay in place.
    Construction season is still in full swing, making it a little harder for holiday travelers. Work crews will not be out this weekend, but permanent work zones will still stay in place.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!