Sixth Circuit rejects Ohio lethal injection challenge Gabriel Haboubi at 4:05 PM ET
[JURIST] A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] threw out a lawsuit challenging Ohio's death penalty procedure [JURIST news archive] Friday on the grounds that the claim was filed too late. In the 2-1 opinion [Cooey v. Strickland text, PDF], judges Richard Fred Suhrheinrich and Edward Eugene Siler [official profiles] decided that the statute of limitations on the inmate's 42 USC 1983 [text] method of execution challenge would have run at the latest two years following the 2001 decision that made lethal injection Ohio's only form of execution. Plaintiff Cooey did not file his challenge until December of 2004.
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