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Lawmakers call for death penalty moratorium

 
Lawmakers call for death penalty moratorium
Posted Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 @ 5pm  by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Two Cleveland-area lawmakers are asking Gov. John Kasich to temporarily halt executions.

The request comes in the wake of the execution of Dennis McGuire last week. It took more than 15 minutes for McGuire to die. He gasped and snorted as an untested drug combination was used to put him to death.

"We ask for a moratorium until there's such a time that the state of Ohio could guarantee that an execution be both constitutional and humane," said Rep. Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood.

Antonio is joined by Rep. Dan Ramos, a Democrat from Lorain, in the effort. They are also teaming up on legislation that would permanently abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without parole.

"States have found that they can save millions. In California's case they were looking at a couple of billion dollars being saved by moving to life without parole as an alternative," Antonio said.

This isn't a new issue for Antonio who claims she has talked about it with every governor since Gov. Bob Taft.

McGuire's family has announced plans to file a federal lawsuit against the state over the execution.

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