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Texas Execution and Ohio Change

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Michael Graczyk reports for AP:

A South Texas man was put to death Thursday for a slaying 14 years ago in which the victim was bound with shoelaces and strips of bedding, stabbed 94 times and robbed of $50.

The execution of Arturo Diaz, 37, was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court refused a last-ditch appeal to block his lethal injection. It was the 13th execution this year in Texas, the nation's most active capital punishment state.

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials have used pentobarbital as the single execution drug for more than a year, but Diaz became the first in the state given the sedative procured from a vendor or manufacturer the prison agency has declined to identify.

The expiration date of the department's existing inventory passed this month, possibly diluting its potency. Like other death penalty states, Texas officials needed to go to nontraditional sources because the usual suppliers bowed to pressure from capital punishment opponents and refused to make their product available.

Meanwhile, Ohio has a change coming.  We will find out what it is at the next hearing before Judge Frost, October 4.  Ohio has been a national leader in achieving justice.  They took the step to switch to the single drug protocol, an obvious choice to end litigation over the second and third drugs, when no one else wanted to be first.  They also led the switch from thiopental to pentobarbital when the former became unavailable.

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