Skeptical judge warms to Ohio execution policies

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge who has skewered Ohio in the past over the way it carries out executions heaps praise on the system and the state prisons director in a recent ruling.

The comments by Judge Gregory Frost raise the possibility that successful challenges that focused on the execution process in Ohio could be coming to an end.

Frost has delayed executions over such challenges, though he has also let some proceed when it appeared problems were fixed.

Frost's ruling last week declined to stop the execution a man scheduled to die Tuesday for a 1997 stabbing death.

Frost says that prisons director Gary Mohr has created a system that finally seems able to stop major changes to the state's written execution policy.

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