Ohio Death Row Inmate Given One-Week Reprieve After Officials Fail to Find a Vein

art.ohio.executionRomell Broom, 52, was given a rare one-week reprieve when officials struggled for hours to find a vein strong enough to handle lethal injection. The scene was particularly grotesque for critics of the death penalty as Broom awaited his death for hours as he was pricked and probed. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland eventually ordered the one-week delay to allow prison officials time to figure out the best vein to use to execute him.

Broom was convicted of raping and fatally stabbing a 14-year-old girl in East Cleveland, Ohio, in 1984. Broom reportedly tried to help the prison staff find a vein in his own execution.

The defense moved quickly when Broom’s lawyer in prison, Adele Shank (a particularly apt name for a prisoner lawyer), notified co-counsel Tim Sweeney that they could not find a vein at the Lucasville facility. They did an excellent job in moving to seek a termination of the procedure.

For some, this brings up memories of problems in May 2006 when Ohio officials took 90 minutes to find a vein in the execution of Joseph Clark, who was heard pleading with the officials “It don’t work.”

Then in 2007, officials in Ohio took two hours to find a vein for Christopher Newton’s execution.

These botched executions are often cited as magnifying the cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. However, courts have rejected such claims in the past and find that the state cannot anticipate every eventuality. Yet, Ohio’s persistent difficulties raise some question as to whether the state is less competent in executions or whether other states are less careful. The possibility of a vein not functioning fully can cause a horrific outcome where the inmate is not fully sedated and not given sufficient lethal doses to ensure rapid death.

I have previously written about the problem associated with lethal injection, here.

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147 thoughts on “Ohio Death Row Inmate Given One-Week Reprieve After Officials Fail to Find a Vein”

  1. Yeah, you are useyourhead.

    Ok, billy-troll, I’ll explain this one last time:

    You are way out of the kiddie pool here. Your arguments as superficial at best. Your insults are amateurish and infantile. You’ll never get much serious engagement here under any ID with that kind of performance.


    Because even troll killers have catch and release standards.

    Now go ask mom for some chocolate milk and tell her you’re using the computer again. If you’re the new front line in trolls? Your kind is doomed.

    Enjoy the chocolate milk.

  2. (Holds closed envelope to forehead.)

    “The number 15.”

    (Ed chortles. Johnny opens envelope.)

    “What is billy’s age and IQ.”

    (Crowd erupts with laughter.)

    It’s “get laid”, you imbecile.

    Which you’d know if you’d ever been.

    Run along now, childrens.

    Come back and trade barbs with the adults when you can shave and you’ve kissed a girl besides mommy.

  3. Mespo, you need to stop blogging and go out and get layed. I’m sure the gay bars in your neighborhood are still up and running. If you hurry you can probably find some 70-80 yr. old drag queen to dry hump, in the back seat of your 73′ ford Pinto. Enjoy froot-loop…

  4. FFLeo:

    “Buddha, you illustrate a good point. I wonder how old billy is?”


    Judging from his syntax (“dude” in another thread) I’d say 25 or so chronologically; judging from the quality of commentary, I’d say that precocious 13-15 year old phase. He is cute, you know!

  5. Buddha, you illustrate a good point. I wonder how old billy is?

    billy if you are just a (boy) in age, then I can overlook your earlier transgressions. Therefore, if you are under 21, please inform us and let’s see you contribute positively to this blawg and I will forget what you said. We need more young people here.

    However, if you are over 21, no deal.

  6. Take a Free Ride:

    The mountain is high, the valley is low
    And you’re confused ’bout which way to go
    So I flew here to give you a hand
    And lead you into the promised land

    So, come on and take a free ride (free ride)
    Come on and take it by my side
    Come on and take a free ride

    All over the country, I’m seeing the same
    Nobody’s winning, at this kind of game
    We gotta do better, it’s time to begin
    You know all the answers
    Must come from within.

    Cept somehow I think that they are speaking about sex.

  7. For the comfort of all patrons, children must be accompanied by an adult or heavily sedated before getting on the rides. Keep your hands in the car at all times. Management cannot be held responsible for any maimings that may occur otherwise.

  8. I spoke to soon when I praised the contributers to this blog, Mespunk, Stupidone and Federal B.O., are pretty sorry excuses for my gender. All three are pussies!

  9. Bill:

    Let me be the first to say good-bye.

    Your incivility will earn you a vacation from this oasis.

  10. Mespo can’t take any criticism, his bloated ego won’t tolerate it for a moment. You need to get layed loser..

  11. My, my FFLeo, you have incurred the scorn of billy the foul mouthed racist. I would take it as a compliment.

  12. Thank you Lottakatz. I like this place and the exceptionally good folks here, like you.

  13. billy,

    When someone makes a satirical rhyme as I did, the best option is to think about the reasoning behind such a post. A learned person would not have objected with the foulmouthed juvenile language retort that you chose.

    If after reading my jingle and it did not apply to a reader, they would have moved on or chose to rebut what I said just on principle alone and not because they were racist.

    From your adverse reaction, I can assume that this—to you—is more than just about the death penalty. Others can make their own judgment. However, I simply cannot respond again to vulgarisms that you use in place of appropriate words required in reasoned debate with a blawg of this caliber.

    I have not read in depth about Mr. Broom, although he might well deserve the death penalty; however, he must not be humiliated and abused during his last days of life by acts of governmental sanctioned barbarism. The treatment to which this criminal is subjected negates the justice I espouse in the death penalty, at least in this specific case, for me.

  14. Billy please have a look, would you agree with these statements?

    1. Any day now, chaos and anarchy could erupt around us. All the signs are pointing to it.

    2. Our society is not full of immoral and degenerate groups who viciously attack decent people. News reports of such cases are often sensationalized and misleading.

    3. If our society keeps degenerating the way it has been lately, it’s liable to collapse like a rotten log and everything will be chaos.

    4. If our society continues to sink into wickedness and corruption, God will destroy us someday as surely as he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

    5. We do not live in an increasingly dangerous world headed for anarchy.

    6. Law and order still prevail in our society. The rule of reason has not been replaced by the law of the jungle.

    Can we agree to give Billy all the room he needs to get the job done? Thanks

  15. Billy, FFLEO is one of the most intellectually consistent and (one can infer from his previous writings) a man of some formidable intellect and integrity.

    two points FYI: around here when a topic is exhausted to the point that the same argument is re-re-re-stated using the same language the participants generally say, ‘we will have to agree to disagree’ and move on to a fresh topic. It keeps people from becoming so invested in an argument that opportunities for personal affront are presented;

    when people post personal info and seem to be in some pain and shock about it people on this blog don’t start replies with “Blah, blah, blah” and go on to be insulting and sarcastic. It’s rude, dude, we try to keep it civil.
    FFLEO, In for a penny, in for a pound; having de-lurked or de-cloaked you have to stick around now. Nice to see ya.

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