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Ohio Botches Another One

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The State of Ohio took decency to seldom-plumbed depths on Tuesday, September 15, with the attempted execution of 53-year-old Romell Broom.

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Attempted execution? Yes, attempted. As in, they tried to do it and failed. They tried and tried again, for over two hours, unable to find a suitable vein. At length, the execution team itself had to take a break. The execution was delayed a week and Broom was returned to his holding cell.

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The execution team had to take a break? Give us a break. If trying to kill a man for two hours and failing is not considered 'cruel and unusual,' under the Constitution or any other construction of decency, then that notion has no meaning in 21st-century America.

The state took its best shot and failed to deliver the coup de grace to Romell Broom. He should now be returned to a cell and allowed to live out his days in prison. I urge Governor Ted Strickland to commute his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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To be clear, I feel no compassion for this man, Romell Broom. He is not a good man. He richly deserves to die in prison for his crimes.

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Rick Wise is an industrial psychologist and retired management consultant. For 15 years, he was managing director of ValueNet International, Inc. Before starting ValueNet, Rick was director, corporate training and, later, director, corporate (more...)

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