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Twenty-three men and no women have

been executed in the United States in 2017.

3 Injured in New York Attack
At least three individuals were injured during an explosion at the Port Authority terminal in New York. The suspected attacker, a Bangladeshi national who has been arrested, was also injured when the pipe bomb he made detonated early. The attack is being treated as a terrorist attack inspired by the Islamic State. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Wildfires Rage Across California
The largest fire currently in California has scorched an area larger than New York City. Firefighters are having difficulty containing it due to the difficult terrain and the dry winds. Fires have destroyed over 800 buildings and over 200,000 people have had to flee their homes since the beginning of December. Please pray for the safety of the firefighters.
14 Killed in DR Congo
At least 14 UN peacekeepers have been killed, and 53 others injured, following an attack by suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Five Congolese soldiers were also killed din the attack. Several groups in the region are currently fighting for control. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in India
Four soldiers were killed after a fellow soldier opened fire following an argument between them. The shooter has been detained. The attack is currently under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea
Following the conclusion of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang, South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Paralympics for athletes with disabilities. Please pray for these athletes as they prepare for the competition. Please pray for their safety.
Two Killed in New Mexico School Shooting
Two students have been killed, and over a dozen others injured, after a gunman opened fire at Aztec High School in New Mexico. The gunman has also been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for injured.
2018 Winter Olympics
Please pray for PyeongChang, South Korea as the city continues to prepare to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Please pray that the games will be conducted in peace and safety.
Prayer for Upcoming Holiday Season
With Thanksgiving over, Christmas is just around the corner, and the stress of the holiday may be setting in for many people. Please pray that all will remember the reason for the season - the birth of Jesus Christ! Please pray for the safety of all who are traveling and shopping during the month.

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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