*I am in no way stating an opinion on either side of the situation. If you have been reading my blog for any time, you know that I was a victim of sexual crime. Please do not think that this plays any role in this post.*
For two hours Tuesday afternoon at a prison in Lucasville, Ohio, while the rest of us were at work or school or home, Romell Broom's team of executioners worked to find a usable vein which would deliver the lethal injections designed to stop his heart and end his life. First they tried his arms. Then they tried his legs. Broom himself, a convicted rapist and murderer, even tried to help at one point, flexing his hand and fingers while lying on his side. He grimaced. He wiped his brow. Nothing worked. His veins simply wouldn't hold up.
This man has been sitting in prison for 25 years, awaiting his execution. He has been found guilty of rape and murder of a young, teen-aged girl. After a long time of trying, the man just sat sobbing. He has said time and time again that he did not do it. It has actually been noted that there was evidence freeing him of the conviction, but it was not allowed to be introduced.
Eventually, long after Broom was supposed to be dead, the prison director and execution team gave up. They called the governor and asked for a reprieve. The governor relented and now Broom sits in legal limbo, waiting evidently not just for some medical procedure that would free him up to be put to death but also for some guidance from the state and federal courts about whether it now would amount to "cruel and unusual" punishment to execute him at all under Ohio's evolving (but clearly still troubled) lethal injection protocols.
Is this God stopping the process and saying, "Forgive my child, give him one more appeal and you will see... Love him my children, love as I have loved you.."?
So the question is.... Can Ohio execute the Same Man Twice?