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Ohio halts executions until 2017

A growing number of death row inmates are now filing complaints saying that certain lethal drugs could cause inmates to suffer cruel and inhumane punishment, barred under the US ConstitutionOhio delayed the scheduled executions of a dozen death row inmates until 2017 due to challenges in obtaining the necessary lethal drugs. The midwestern state’s next execution is now set for January 2017, starting with Ronald Phillips, convicted for the 1993 rape and beating death of his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction “continues to seek all legal means to obtain the drugs necessary to carry out court ordered executions, but over the past few years it has become exceedingly difficult to secure those drugs because of severe supply and distribution restrictions,” it said in a statement.

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