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At this moment 31 states still have capital punishment as law, which includes Ohio. However, attorneys for death row inmates and lawyers for Ohio’s prisons agency are back in court to challenge how the state prepares inmates for executions.

The four-day trial began Tuesday in federal court in Dayton nd specifically spent time on the new three-drug method similar to one used years ago.

The state defends the new process as constitutional. Defense attorneys say multiple problems remain with the way Ohio prepares and carries out executions.

This comes as the state plans to execute Ronald Phillips on Feb. 15 for the rape and death of a child. 2016 marked the second year in-a-row that the state didn’t execute an imate. The explanation was because getting drugs to use for lethal injections in great part because pharmaceutical companies don’t want their medical products used for killing people.

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