Delayed Execution Results In Lawsuit


The executions of a condemned prisoner has resulted in a lawsuit being filed by the family as a result of the execution being delayed and taking an hour or so longer than is the norm. The mother of the prisoner has now filed a lawsuit stating that the way executions are carried out must be changed. Her lawsuit has been filed against the head of Ohio’s prisons.In May 2006 Joseph Clarke was executed, but the execution took around ninety minutes compared to the normal time of around thirty minutes. According to the lawsuit the execution of Clark took such a long time that it should be considered unconstitutional, cruel, and unusual punishment.

Even a relative of the person that Clark had killed made a comment at a recent news conference, stating: ‘Nobody should have to die a horrible death’. Clark’s mother filed the lawsuit in Cincinnati Federal Court following the execution of her so.

According to reports staff at the prison were unable to find a vein on Clark for some time when administering the lethal injection, and then the vein that they did find collapsed. Apparently, after a number of bungled attempts onlookers heard Clark asking staff to give him something to end it all.


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