While Gov. John Kasich has been much more sparing than his predecessor overall in granting clemencies to criminals, it’s a different story when it comes to inmates facing execution.
The death penalty is in trouble — drug shortages, botched executions and lawsuits are calling the idea of a “humane” execution into question. Some states are returning to previously abandoned methods.
The state is shielding interviews its attorneys conducted with about 20 prison employees involved in the January execution of an inmate who repeatedly gasped and snorted as he was put to death.