Submitted by Sarah on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:09.
Ohio made national news last January after a new lethal injection drug led to a botched execution. Since then, Ohio’s executions have been repeatedly delayed. In October, a federal judge officially stayed all executions until the beginning of 2015, while the state attempted to address ongoing challenges to its lethal injection process.
Now, Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced there will be no executions in 2015.
Oklahoma’s executions are facing similar challenges. Last April, the execution of Clayton Lockett shocked the nation when witnesses saw him writhing in pain after he was supposed to be unconscious. Executions were delayed there as well, resuming just last month. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed all upcoming executions in Oklahoma while it reviews the specific method used there.