The family of the death row inmate who was executed in Ohio last week has filed a lawsuit in federal court asking that future executions be halted.
Jon Paul Rion, the attorney for Dennis McGuire’s family, said McGuire's execution was unconstitutional because it inflicted cruel and unusual punishment.
"It’s our belief that at least for 19 minutes, Mr. McGuire was strapped to a table and suffered enormously as he was deprived of oxygen and consciously suffocated in front of his family," Rion said.
Rion said in addition to asking for a halt on future executions, the suit also asks that the drug company that has provided the drugs used in McGuire’s execution be stopped from allowing them to be used in future executions. Rion says the drugs were not used for their intended purpose.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections does not comment on pending litigation.