COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected Ohio’s new three-drug lethal injection process as the state struggles to resume executions.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati in a 2-1 decision Thursday ruled the state’s proposed use of a contested sedative called midazolam (mih-DAY’-zoh-lam) unconstitutional.
The court also said the state’s decision to use two other drugs in the process that Ohio abandoned years ago prevents the reintroduction of their use.
The ruling is a blow to the state, which hopes to execute several condemned killers beginning next month.
A spokesman for the Ohio attorney general’s office says options include asking for a full appeals court review or an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.