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Guy With 'I Am a Bully' Sign: Judge Is Being Mean to Me

Edmond Aviv does not like holding 'I AM A BULLY' sign at intersection

(Newser) - Edmond Aviv, 62, has a really hard time playing nice in the sandbox: He likes to yell racist slurs at little kids in his neighborhood, especially if they're disabled in some way, regularly smeared a neighbor's car with dog poop, has dumped fabric softener all over a lawn,... More »

Tenn. Senate Votes to Bring Back Electric Chair

Meanwhile, Ohio considers sweeping new restrictions

(Newser) - What do you do when you can't get your hands on the drugs in your lethal injection cocktail? As far as Tennessee's Senate is concerned, you fire up Old Sparky. The state's Senate yesterday voted 23-3 to advance a bill allowing the state to execute inmates via... More »

Ohio to Recognize Gay Marriages From Other States

But state's own ban expected to stand

(Newser) - Gay rights advocates are poised to win at least a partial victory in Ohio. A federal judge in Cincinnati says he will issue an order by April 14 that the state must recognize gay marriages performed in other states, reports the AP . But Judge Timothy Black is not expected to... More »

Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like Gun

Nathan Entingh used a 'level 2 lookalike firearm'

(Newser) - America's kids have been suspended for pretending that pencils were guns, but an Ohio school may have topped that. A 10-year-old student at a Columbus elementary school was handed a three-day suspension for making a finger gun and pretending to shoot a classmate. The suspension letter more formally referred... More »

Suit: Cops Left Hispanic Drunk Guy at Taco Bell

Uriel Juarez-Popoca was subsequently killed by a car

(Newser) - When Ohio police responded to reports of a drunk driver who had pulled over on the side of the road, they inexplicably took the 22-year-old Hispanic man to a Taco Bell five miles away and left him there. Soon after, he was walking on the highway when he was hit... More »

Daughter Suing Over Dad's Slow Execution

McGuire suffered cruel and unusual punishment: lawyer

(Newser) - An Ohio inmate put to death for murder was tortured by his unusually slow execution , the man's daughter said today as she announced plans to file a lawsuit over her father's death. Dennis McGuire's daughter, Amber, referred to the "agony and terror" of watching her father... More »

Lawyer: People 'Should Be Appalled' by Ohio Execution

Dennis McGuire's death took longer than expected

(Newser) - The events leading up to this morning's execution of murderer Dennis McGuire made headlines because of Ohio's use of untested drugs . It doesn't look like the controversy is going to fade anytime soon, after McGuire gasped and choked for about 10 minutes before being pronounced dead. “... More »

Ohio Executes Killer With Untried Drug Combo

'Prolonged' execution takes 15-plus minutes

(Newser) - Dennis McGuire was put to death today with a two-drug combination previously untested in the US, and at more than 15 minutes, it was one of the longest executions in Ohio since the state resumed capital punishment in 1999. McGuire, whose lawyers had attempted to delay his execution by arguing... More »

Dad: Let Me Go to Funeral of Daughter I Shot

Deandre Kelley shot into the air, hit girl in bedroom: police

(Newser) - A Cincinnati man charged with fatally shooting his 11-year-old daughter wants out of jail to attend her funeral. Deandre Kelley's attorney filed the motion yesterday asking that his client be allowed to attend Saturday's funeral of Shanti Lanza. Kelley is charged with reckless homicide in his daughter's... More »

Ohio Inmate Likely to Suffer 'Terror' During Execution

Expert warns against state's untested drugs

(Newser) - A death-row inmate in Ohio will likely suffer the "terror" of a suffocation-like phenomenon known as air hunger during his execution, an anesthesiologist told a judge today. "Air hunger is a horrible feeling," said the expert at a federal court hearing, reports AP . "It's the... More »

Ohio Cops Stop Speeder, Find 48 Bombs

Indiana man had blueprints for Navy SEAL facility

(Newser) - A man stopped for speeding in Ohio turned out to have 48 bombs, four loaded guns, and blueprints for a Navy SEAL training facility in his car, prosecutors have revealed. Andrew Scott Boguslawski, an Indiana National Guardsman who also works as a groundskeeper at the training facility, also had a... More »

Judge: Ohio's Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

While same-sex marriages are allowed to continue in Utah

(Newser) - Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge declared today, though he did so in a very narrow ruling that will not in itself strike down the ban. Judge Timothy Black ordered only that state officials recognize gay marriages when filling out death certificates. But Black's... More »

Veterans' Charity Scammer Gets 28 Years

Bobby Thompson's organization took in $100M

(Newser) - After just three hours of jury deliberation, an Ohio judge has sentenced one Bobby Thompson to 28 years over a fraudulent charity that took in some $100 million. John Donald Cody , a Harvard-educated lawyer, hid behind the name Bobby Thompson as he established the US Navy Veterans Association, the Cleveland ... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

2 Dead After Crazy 125mph Car Chase

Driver hit 3 other vehicles before fatal crash

(Newser) - Two people are dead and another injured after a car speeding down the Ohio Turnpike at more than 125mph with police on its tail smashed into a minivan last night. Two state troopers reportedly spotted the car separately before the crash occurred, but neither of them were able to keep... More »

Ohio Delays Execution to Weigh Organ-Donor Request

Killer Ronald Phillips wants to donate organs to family, others

(Newser) - A convicted child killer just got a last-minute reprieve from Ohio's governor, thanks to the inmate's unusual request to be an organ donor . Ronald Phillips, who raped and murdered the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, was supposed to be put to death tomorrow morning. Instead, Gov. John Kasich... More »

Sick Boy Who Got Town-wide Early Christmas Dies

Port Clinton made sure dying Devin Kohlman got his own holiday

(Newser) - A boy whose last wish was to be home for Christmas has died, two weeks after his hometown welcomed him with a festive tree outside his window and a motorcycle-riding Santa Claus. Doctors had told the family of 13-year-old Devin Kohlman that he didn't have long to live so... More »

Ohio: Killer Can't Give Away Organs Before Execution

Ronald Phillips wants kidneys, heart to go to family

(Newser) - Ronald Phillips won't be able to give away his kidneys—and definitely not his heart—before he is put to death tomorrow for the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, Ohio prison officials have decided. The inmate wrote to officials earlier this week saying he... More »

No One Charged in Filmed Sex Act Called Assault

Woman reportedly gave consent, but she doesn't remember night

(Newser) - After bystanders filmed a man publicly performing oral sex on a woman, the woman reported an assault—but a grand jury has decided against any charges, a prosecutor says. The two 20-year-old students had been drinking in a bar together, says Athens County, Ohio, prosecutor Keller Blackburn. They walked out... More »

Out of Execution Drug, Ohio Will Try Untested Combo

Lawyers appeal for Death Row inmate set to die in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Another state is looking for alternatives after running out of the execution drug pentobarbital . Ohio says it doesn't have enough of the drug to execute child killer Ronald Phillips next month so it plans to use the untested combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone for the... More »

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