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Twenty-five men and no women have 

been executed in the United States in 2018.

3 Killed in France
Three individuals were killed in a shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. Several others were also injured, including some serious injuries. After several days of searching, police located and killed the shooter when they attempted to bring him in. Police have also stated that they shooting was an act of terror. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the safety of all in the region.
Protests Continue in France
The Yellow-Vest protests, named after the high-visibility yellow jackets all motorists are required to have in their vehicles, continue in France. The protests initially started on social media, and quickly spread, with initial protests against rising fuel taxes. It has since expanded to include calls for higher wages, lower taxes, better pensions, and easier university entry requirements. The protests have not been completely peaceful. Please pray for the safety of all involved and for those in affected areas. Please pray for a peaceful resolution.
1 Killed in North Carolina
At least one motorist was killed in a heavy snowstorm in North Carolina. Over 300,00 homes also lost power due to the storm. Please pray for the family of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all those affected. Please pray for the quick restoration of power.
5 Killed in Eastern Sudan
A state governor and four others were killed, and several others injured, when a helicopter crashed in eastern Sudan during a landing. The helicopter had crashed into a communications tower. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Italy
Six individuals were killed, and dozens injured, after a stampede during a rap concert. Allegedly, the stampede was caused by someone spraying an irritant substance inside the club where the rapper was performing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Christmas is Coming!
With the holiday season upon us, travel and tempers can be on the rise. Please pray for the safety of all travels and remember to be kind this holiday season!!

July 13, 2017

 

For the past several years, Ohio has struggled to resume carrying out executions.  They have had to reschedule executions numerous times, leading the state of have executions scheduled all the way through 2021.  But, with a recent ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio looks to start carrying out executions again.

 

Executions came to an abrupt halt in Ohio following the January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire, where the state employed a new, never-before-used combination of drugs.  It took nearly 25 minutes for Dennis to be pronounced as deceased.  After the execution, witnesses to the execution reported that Dennis did not appear to be fully unconscious during the execution, as he was allegedly moving.  Following an in-depth investigation, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections determined that Dennis was unconscious for the execution, however, they increased the amount of the drugs used during the execution.

 

After the execution protocol was revised, several inmates filed appeals.  This action caused Judge Gregory Frost to postpone all scheduled executions until the lawsuit was resolved.  Further complications to continuing executions arose in December of 2014.  The state legislature passed a law that would protect the identities of those who supply executions drugs.  Opponents claim that this law hinders the inmates’ ability to appeal their execution, as well as leaves open the opportunity for the state to purchase and use drugs that may not be up to standard. 

 

In January of 2015, Ohio approved another new execution protocol, which uses a new and different combination of drugs than the ones used to execute Dennis.  However, Ohio did not have a supply of execution drugs.  Therefore, all executions were postponed until January of 2016, to allow time to purchase the drugs, and - hopefully - conclude legal challenges.

 

By October of 2015, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections recognized that they would not be able to obtain the necessary drugs in time to resume executions in early 2016.  All executions were, once again, rescheduled to begin in January of 2017, with the execution of Ronald Phillips.

 

Ronald’s execution has been delayed and rescheduled numerous times since then, due to legal challenges.  Several lower courts and a three-judge panel for the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals effectively halted executions by ruling that midazolam was not an acceptable drug to be used in executions, even though the Supreme Court of the United States ruled the opposite on June 30, 2015.  Upon appeal of the lower court decisions, the full 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear the case.  On June 29, 2017, the full 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-6 that Ohio could resume lethal injections.  Opponents have stated that they will appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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