Ohio Court Hears Arguments Over Repeat Execution Attempt

Trying again to execute the country's only survivor of a botched lethal injection amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy, according to lawyers fighting a second execution try.
Romell Broom was sentenced to die for the 1984 rape and slaying of 14-year-old Tryna Middleton after abducting her in Cleveland. The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments from Broom's attorneys on Tuesday.
His 2009 execution was stopped by then-Gov. Ted Strickland after an execution team tried for two hours to find a suitable vein. Broom has said he was stuck with needles at least 18 times, with pain so intense that he cried and screamed.
Broom has been back on death row since but no new execution date has been set. Broom's appeals in federal court are on hold while the state court hears the constitutional arguments.