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Condemned Ohio inmates' injection claim denied

1:52 PM, May 23, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- A federal judge has rejected claims by two condemned Ohio inmates challenging the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.

The two are the next inmates scheduled to die in the state, with Abdul Awkal set for execution June 6 and John Eley set to die July 26.

The two challenged Ohio's lethal injection process on the grounds it fails to guarantee the state won't execute someone who is insane, mentally disabled or was a juvenile when the crime was committed.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost on Wednesday said Awkal and Eley have misunderstood Ohio's long-running injection lawsuit, which focuses on the process of administering the lethal drugs, and don't back up their claims.

Messages were left with the inmates' attorneys.

The Associated Press

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