Ohio Attorney General says new death penalty laws needed to enable executions to resume

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Attorney General Mike DeWine says he thinks new laws are needed before executions can resume in Ohio.

DeWine says the state needs a law that would shield the identity of pharmacies making a specialized dose of a lethal drug.

DeWine, a Republican running for re-election, said Monday during a Gannett editorial board meeting that a law is also needed to provide immunity to doctors who provide "legal support" in the execution process such as consulting on drug dosage amounts.

Executions are on hold until February after a federal judge temporarily stopped them as questions mounted about the effectiveness of Ohio's new, two-drug execution process.

A spokesman for DeWine's Democratic opponent, David Pepper, says future legislative proposals on the death penalty should get thorough and thoughtful consideration.

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