Skip to comments.Ohio guards: Inmate was urged to fake suffocation
Posted on 01/28/2014 11:19:42 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed questions about the death penalty was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the condemned man to fake symptoms of suffocation.
The Office of the Public Defender said Robert Lowe, one of the attorneys representing inmate Dennis McGuire, was back at work Monday after an internal review failed to substantiate the allegation.
State prison records released Monday say McGuire told guards that Lowe counseled him to make a show of his death that would, perhaps, lead to abolition of the death penalty. But three accounts from prison officials indicate McGuire refused to put on a display.
"He wants me to put on this big show in front of my kids, all right when I'm dying!" McGuire is reported as having told one guard. "I ain't gonna do this. It's about me and my kids, not him and his cause!"
Amy Borror, a spokeswoman for the public defender's office, said all accounts from execution eyewitnesses which did not include Lowe indicate McGuire was unconscious at the time he struggled to breathe.
"We have no way of knowing, obviously, because we can't interview Mr. McGuire," she said.
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Saw this in the local rag today. Amazing from every angle.
Controversial execution in Ohio uses new drug combination
cnn ^ | 1/16/14 | Dana Ford and Ashley Fantz
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:07:58 PM by bestintxas
Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire appeared to gasp and convulse for roughly 10 minutes before he finally died Thursday during his execution by lethal injection using a new combination of drugs, reporters who witnessed it said.
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:20:41 PM by DJ MacWoW
A condemned man appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die - more than 20 minutes - in an execution carried out Thursday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.
so....he is supposed to pull off a convincing theatrical performance while he is actually dying?
That attorney sounds brain dead to me.
Just in case anyone thought a lawyer couldn’t stoop any lower...
A follow up article on some threads you two previously posted.
He's a liberal AND a lawyer. What part of that was unclear to you? ;) Oh, and you can add to your list the condemned guy being motivated enough to bother.
Criminals and lawyers deserve each other.
I fear the court system has went from the goal of seeking justice to seeking how much lawyers can pad their bank accounts...
Did I mention lawyers are an incredible garden soil amendment ?
Some lawyers are bottom of the barrel. Before you say “Just some?” consider that some FReepers are attorneys and Conservative. We need more like them.
And this charlatan gets away with it?
Gets away with it? He’ll be an SC justice before you know it!
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:34:34 AM · 29 of 83
"I bet I could gasp, snort and put on a good show if this was my dying wish."-- TurboZamboni
Just for the record, no one goes into being a public defender for the money.
Don’t the tomatoes and peppers come out tasting litigious?
You can't fake taking a longer time to die.