This is as shocking as it is confounding.
Back in September 2009, Romell Broom got the ultimate last-minute stay of execution when he survived his lethal injection!
After two excruciating hours of a team attempting to inject poison into the veins of the convicted murderer, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland stopped the execution.
But since the state did technically attempt to execute him for his crime — even though he survived the horrible ordeal — Broom’s attorneys argued that trying again would violate double jeopardy laws.
Well on Wednesday the Ohio Supreme Court settled the argument once and for all, ruling that Romell could indeed be put to death… again.
In a 4-3 vote, the court decided the sentence — a lethal dose of drugs — had obviously not been administered in the first place. Furthermore, the failed execution — horrific as it may have been — doesn’t change the constitutionality of his original death sentence.
Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger wrote:
“Because Broom’s life was never at risk since the drugs were not introduced, and because the state is committed to carrying out executions in a constitutional manner, we do not believe that it would shock the public’s conscience to allow the state to carry out Broom’s execution.”
Considering Broom was convicted of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl, she may be right.
What do YOU think??
[Image via Ohio Department Of Rehabilitation and Correction.]