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Across the Nation: Inmate who survived execution appeals to high court

Inmate who survived execution appeals to high court

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned Ohio killer who survived a 2009 botched execution is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that a second attempt to put him to death would be unconstitutional.

Lawyers for death row inmate Romell Broom argue that giving the state prisons agency a second chance would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy.

A divided Ohio Supreme Court rejected Broom’s arguments in March. Broom’s attorneys appealed that ruling earlier this month to the U.S. Supreme Court and filed notice of that appeal on Monday with the state court.

The state stopped Broom’s execution after two hours when executioners failed to find a usable vein following 18 attempts to insert needles.

The 60-year-old Broom is only the second inmate in U.S. history to survive an attempted execution.


Software firm pays $26M to settle county suit

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A software company has paid Orange County $26 million to settle a lawsuit over an automated property tax system that was promised six years ago and never delivered.

The county says it was notified last week that Tata Consultancy Services had wired the money.

The county will now dismiss a lawsuit it filed against the India firm and its U.S. affiliate, while Tata will dismiss a countersuit. The company didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing.

Tata was hired to develop a replacement system for generating annual property tax bills.

The project was supposed to be finished in 2010 but the company received several costly extensions before Orange County supervisors terminated the contract in 2013.

The county sued, alleging Tata fraudulently tried to stretch out the contract to make more money.


Charge: Feds failed to act on species petitions

BILLINGS, Mont. — A wildlife advocacy group has filed notice that it intends to sue the U.S. government for failing to act on petitions to protect more than 400 plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act.

The Center for Biological Diversity accuses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of leaving hundreds of species in limbo.

It says the Florida sandhill crane, white tailed ptarmigan and eastern diamondback rattlesnake are among those species awaiting a government decision.

The advocacy group in 2011 reached a settlement that required the government to make initial findings on protections for more than 700 species. Final decisions on most of those plants and animals still are pending, despite findings by federal officials that protections were warranted.


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