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Thirteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2017.

Terror Attack on London Mosque
Nine individuals have been injured after a van drove into a group of worshippers near the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park. The group had gathered to help an elderly man who had collapsed. The man later died, although it is unclear if his death was a result of the attack. A man has been arrested for the attack. Please pray for the family of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
62 Killed in Portuguese Forest Fire
At least 62 individuals have been killed by a forest fire in Portugal. The fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike. Most of those killed died in their cars. Twelve individuals managed to survive the fire by hiding in a water tank. Over 130 individuals received burns or other injuries as a result of the fire. Please pray for the flies of the deceased. Please pray for those who have lost their homes. Please pray for healing.
3 Killed in Bombing in Bogota, Colombia
At least three women have died as the result of an explosion at a shopping venter in the capital of Colombia, Bogota. Eleven other were reportedly injured in the terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the wounded.
Attack on Champs-Elysees, France
A man ran his vehicle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris, France. Inside the vehicle was a rifle, along with explosives. The attackers car exploded upon impact, eventually killing the man. This was the second incident this year on the Champs-Elysees. Please pray for safety and peace.
Shooting in Alexandria, Virginia
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, from Louisiana, was one of five people shot during an early morning baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14. Scalise remains in the hospital recovering from his injuries. The shooter has died as a result of injuries sustained when police were attempting arrest him. Please pray for healing for those who have been shot.
79 Killed in London Fire
At least 79 individuals have been killed, or are missing and presumed dead so far as the result of a fire in Grenfell Tower, an apartment building in London. Eighteen individuals remain in the hospital for treatment, with nine of them in critical condition. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the safety of those who are searching the rubble.
5 Killed in Guatemala Earthquake
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake killed five individuals in areas just south of Tajumulco, Guatemala, near the Mexican border. Seven others were injured as a result of the earthquake. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in School Explosion in China
At least seven individuals have been killed, and 59 other injured, following an explosion at a kindergarten in Fengxian, China. It is uncertain if the explosion was deliberate. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the wounded.

May 6, 2017

 

The Ohio Department of Corrections has announced that executions for nine inmates have been rescheduled.  This news is not exactly surprising.  For the past several years, Ohio has been delaying and rescheduling executions in an attempt to restart executions in the state.  Ongoing legal challenges to the execution process, and difficulty obtaining drugs, have led to multiple delays.  Additionally, Ohio schedules executions years in advance - they currently have executions scheduled through 2021 - resulting in numerous executions being rescheduled whenever there is a delay.

 

Ohio began having problems carrying out executions following the January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire.  For Dennis’ execution, Ohio used a new, never-before-used combination of drugs.  The execution did not go as planned.  It took nearly 25 minutes for Dennis to be pronounced dead, a rather long execution at the time.  Additionally, witnesses to the execution claimed that it appeared he was not fully unconscious during the execution due to alleged body movements.  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.  Then, in January of 2015, another new execution protocol was approved, with 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 was delayed and rescheduled for a month later due to legal challenges.  With lawsuits still pending, that execution was also delayed and rescheduled, along with two others.  Now, Governor John Kasich has delayed and rescheduled executions for nine inmates, due to ongoing legal challenges to the lethal injection protocol, with Ronald scheduled to be first execution on July, 26, 2017.  The executions were delayed as the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to begin hearing arguments regarding a lower court’s finding that Ohio’s lethal injections process is unconstitutional, specifically, the use of midazolam.

 

Midazolam is a sedative and the first drug used by many states in the lethal injections process.  Since it has begun being used, several executions have been prolonged and resulted in problems.  However, on June 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the use of the drug midazolam in state executions in the case of Glossip v. Gross.  Ohio currently has an unknown number of vials of midazolam for use in executions.

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