Appeals Court Deems Ohio's Execution Method Constitutional

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (24-7 News)--An appeals court says Ohio's current method of lethal injection is not unconstitutional.

State officials confirmed Wednesday the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that the feeling of suffocation experienced after a lethal injection does not amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Governor DeWine put Ohio executions on hold, and ordered officials to find a new protocol, after a lower court said Ohio's current method almost surely caused unconstitutional suffering.

DeWine's Office said further litigation in the case is likely and they couldn't comment on when or if the governor would lift the hold on executions.

The next scheduled execution is set for October 10th, but the state of Ohio is still having problems finding the drugs needed to carry out lethal injections, based on state protocol.

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