State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) Tuesday renewed the call for hearings on her legislation, House Bill 385, to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole. 

On Monday, a federal judge extended the moratorium on Ohio’s executions until at least 2015 in response to a botched lethal injection in Arizona. The drugs used in the Arizona execution were the same cocktail Ohio has used and planned to use in future executions.

“I applaud the decision to continue Ohio’s death penalty moratorium after the latest lethal-injection protocol failed in Arizona,” said Rep. Antonio. “Now we have the opportunity to consider a more economically feasible and ethically prudent alternative—life in prison without parole. It’s time to continue hearings and vetting this bill.”

On January 16, an Ohio execution garnered international criticism when it lasted over 25 minutes, making it the longest execution in Ohio since capital punishment resumed 15 years ago. 

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