Death Penalty

Botched Execution Prompts New Call for a Halt to the Death Penalty in Ohio


Amid public outcry, Ohio Governor John Kasich has delayed the March 19 execution of Gregory Lott until November 2014. This temporary reprieve will give officials time to complete a full investigation into the controversial execution of Dennis McGuire. On January 16, 2014, Ohio conducted its fourth botched execution since 2006, killing death row inmate Dennis McGuire using an experimental drug cocktail that left him clenching his fists and gasping for air for more than 20 minutes before he finally died.

Read the January 19, 2014 letter from ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link and Board President Jack Guttenberg to Governor Kasich.

The Governor’s action to delay the execution proves that our collective voices are powerful. However, Ohio still has three executions scheduled for 2014, possibly using the same flawed drug combination.

It has never been clearer that this system is broken. Continue telling Governor Kasich to stop the next botched execution by putting an immediate halt on all executions.