Ohio Republicans push law to keep all details of executions secret


Republican lawmakers in Ohio are rushing through the most extreme secrecy bill yet attempted by a death penalty state, which would withhold information on every aspect of the execution process from the public, media and even the courts.

Legislators are trying to force through the bill, HB 663, in time for the state’s next scheduled execution, on 11 February. Were the bill on the books by then, nothing about the planned judicial killing of convicted child murderer Ronald Phillips – from the source of the drugs used to kill him and the distribution companies that transport the chemicals, to the identities of the medical experts involved in the death chamber – would be open to public scrutiny of any sort.

Unlike other death penalty states that have shrouded procedures in secrecy, the Ohio bill seeks to bar even the courts from access to essential information. Attorneys representing death-row inmates, for instance, would no longer be able to request disclosure under court protection of the identity and qualifications of medical experts who advised the state on their techniques.



I think it’s a bad idea; it would make it so easy to cover up mistakes and/or intentional gaffes that occur during executions. While I oppose the death penalty, it’s important that the public has a right to know how the execution(s) go and in the most humane fashion as possible.


I think it’s time the USA needs to ban executions.

Do executions happen in every USA state?


No, only in some states. I’m a very conservative, tough-on-crime lawyer, but I agree with you. Juries can make mistakes, and the death penalty is permanent. I believe that it is the states that should eliminate it, not the federal government.


It always amazes me how so many of the very same people who think the government has too much power and threatening their rights, have no issues with the government deciding the rules to determine who is put to death:shrug:


Its even more amazing that liberals cry over monsters being executed but smile when Obama votes for killing innocent babies.:shrug:


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