Saturday, September 19, 2009


In Ohio, US a prison inmate whose execution by lethal injection was halted when executioners failed to get the needle into a vein after an unprecedented 2 hours of trying is traumatised, and trying to put him to death again in a week could spell disaster, his lawyer has said. Romell Broom (pictured above) is still recovering from Tuesday’s prolonged, bungled execution attempt and is physically and emotionally spent, his lawyer, Adele Shank (is that surname for real ?), said yesterday. “It went so badly, to go forward so soon afterward just seems to be inviting disaster,” Shank said. Ohio governor Ted Strickland’s decision to stop Tuesday’s execution and grant a 1-week reprieve was reportedly unprecedented. There are now some calls for Broom’s punishment to be commuted to life imprisonment – and I suppose you could have some sympathy. Then you recall that he was sentenced to die for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Tryna Middleton after abducting her in Cleveland in September 1984 as she walked home from a Friday night football game with 2 friends. Broom didn’t commute her sentence, did he ?