The state is correcting a few matters of protocol that were cited by a federal judge
Executions in Ohio are on hold until the state complies with a federal court order to stick to a strict protocol when carrying out capital punishment.
At issue were three deviations from protocol. It was enough to raise the ire of Federal Judge Gregory Frost last fall.
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would get involved, but the request was denied. Dewine had asked the supreme court to weigh in, but that won't happen meaning the state will have to work out its differences with frost - something Dewine says would have happened anyway.
He argued that minor deviations from protocol don't amount to a constitutional violation. The next scheduled execution is in April and Dewine says plans are moving forward.