A county prosecutor on Saturday asked Ohio to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of an inmate whose scheduled Wednesday execution has been delayed.
Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins urged Governor John Kasich to ask Ohio’s attorney general to appeal to the Supreme Court in the case of Charles Lorraine, who was condemned for killing a Trumbull County couple in 1986.
Two federal courts agreed with Mr. Lorraine’s contention that Ohio broke its promise to adhere to its execution rules. The state argued that the execution should go ahead and that deviations from the rules during the last execution were minor.
The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Mr. Lorraine’s execution should be delayed while the changes are reviewed. The ruling supported a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost, who criticized the state for deviating from policy in November.
The governor is working with the attorney general to decide the appropriate way forward. He already denied Lorraine’s request for mercy.
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