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Case Name Cooey v. Taft CJ-OH-0001
Docket / Court 04-1156 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
On June 10, 2004, two death-sentenced inmates at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. They asked the Court to ... read more >
On June 10, 2004, two death-sentenced inmates at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. They asked the Court to stay their executions and issue an injunction against the defendants' use of their current lethal injection protocol, which they alleged would violate their Constitutional rights by torturing them to death. Specifically, they feared that the short-acting anesthetic used by the defendants would wear off too soon, allowing them to feel the excruciatingly painful effects of the potassium chloride that was used during the lethal injection process. In addition, they argued that the defendants' use of pancuronium bromide would paralyze them, making them unable to cry out or alert their executioners that the anesthetic had worn off too soon.

On September 3, 2004, Plaintiff Dennis asked the Court to stay his execution while the claim was pending. On September 16, 2004, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Judge Gregory L. Frost) denied Dennis's motion, arguing that he should have brought his claim to the court at an earlier time, which would have allowed the Court to consider the merits of the claim without requiring entry of a stay. Plaintiff Dennis appealed. On September 30, 2004, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Judges Richard Fred Surhheinrich, Eugene Edward Siler, and Martha Craig Daughtrey) affirmed the District Court's decision and dismissed the appeal without a written opinion. Dennis was executed by lethal injection on October 13, 2004.

As to Plaintiff Cooey, the defendants asked the District Court to dismiss the complaint, claiming that he had not exhausted his administrative remedies. On September 24, 2004, the District Court (Judge Frost) granted their motion and dismissed the complaint without prejudice. After exhausting his administrative remedies, Cooey returned to the District Court and re-filed his complaint on December 8, 2004. The defendants asked the district court to dismiss the complaint based on the statute of limitation and res judicata, in addition to arguing that the complaint should be construed as a successive habeas petition. On March 28, 2005, the District Court denied the defendants' motion but granted them permission to pursue an interlocutory appeal.

Before the Sixth Circuit heard the appeal, the plaintiff requested that they stay their decision until after the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision in the case of Hill v. McDonough. The Sixth Circuit granted the stay, and the Supreme Court decided the case on June 12, 2006, unanimously holding that a challenge to the method of execution as violating the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution properly raised a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, which provides a cause of action for civil rights violations, rather than under habeas corpus. This meant that the Court had effectively ruled that a prisoner who had previously sought habeas relief was not barred from bringing a later challenge under §1983.

Following the decision by the Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit heard arguments regarding the appeal. On March 2, 2007, the Sixth Circuit (Judge Suhrheinrich) remanded the case back to the District Court with instructions to dismiss the complaint as barred by the statute of limitations. Cooey v. Strickland, 479 F.3d 412 (6th Cir. 2007).

The plaintiff sought review by the U.S. Supreme Court, and on April 19, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to vacate the stay of execution. The plaintiff then asked the Sixth Circuit to rehear the case en banc, and on June 1, 2007, the Sixth Circuit refused to rehear the petition. Cooey v. Strickland, 2007 WL 1574663 (6th Cir. Jun.1, 2007).

Cooey was executed by lethal injection on October 14, 2008.

Joshua Arocho - 06/27/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Death Penalty
Lethal Injection - Chemicals Used
Defendant-type
Corrections
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Plaintiff Description a death-sentenced prisoner at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
(S.D. Ohio) 09/07/2007
CJ-OH-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
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2:04-cv-00532-GLF-MRA (S.D. Ohio) 12/05/2011
CJ-OH-0001-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiffs' Original Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief [] 06/18/2004
CJ-OH-0001-0009 PDF | Detail
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 08/05/2004
CJ-OH-0001-0010 PDF | Detail
Opinion and Order [Denying Petitioner's Motion for Preliminary Injunction] 09/16/2004 (2004 WL 4506891) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0011 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Order [re: Motion to Dismiss Appeal] 09/30/2004
CJ-OH-0001-0012 PDF | Detail
Plaintiff's Original Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 12/08/2004
CJ-OH-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Opinion and Order [re: Defendant's Motion to Dismiss] 03/28/2005 (2005 WL 5253337 / 2005 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 44225) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0015 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Plaintiff-Intervenor's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to Stay His Execution [] 11/23/2005
CJ-OH-0001-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Emergency Motion to Intervene (Hicks) 11/23/2005
CJ-OH-0001-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Jeffrey D. Hill's Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction 04/14/2006
CJ-OH-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Jeffrey D. Hill's Reply Memorandum in Support of Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction 04/25/2006
CJ-OH-0001-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Preliminary Injunction 04/28/2006 (430 F.Supp.2d 702) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order [re: Baston's and Tyler's Motion to Intervene] 06/16/2006 (2006 WL 1705177) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0016 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion and Order [Denying Motion to Intervene] 09/20/2006 (2006 WL 2709775 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 67320) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0017 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion and Order 10/24/2006 (2006 WL 3043116 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 78907) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0018 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion and Order [Granting Henderson's Motion to Intervene and Denying Preliminary Injunction] 11/09/2006 (2006 WL 3793308) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0019 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion and Order [Granting Motion to Intervene and Denying Preliminary Injunction] 11/22/2006 (2006 WL 3391001) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0005 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order [Denying Intervenor's Motion to Reconsider] 12/06/2006 (2006 WL 3526424 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 88267) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order [re: Preliminary Injunction and Stay of Execution] 12/21/2006 (2006 WL 3762133 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 92521) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0020 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion and Order [re: Diar's Motion to Intervene] 02/20/2007 (2007 WL 582490) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0021 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
USCA Opinion 03/02/2007 (479 F.3d 412)
CJ-OH-0001-0013 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion and Order [re: Motion to Intervene and Motion for Preliminary Injunction] 04/23/2007 (2007 WL 1202718 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 29734) (S.D. Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0022 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
USCA Order [re: Rehearing en banc] 06/01/2007 (489 F.3d 775)
CJ-OH-0001-0014 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Abel, Mark R. (S.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
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Daughtrey, Martha Craig (Sixth Circuit)
CJ-OH-0001-0012
Frost, Gregory L. (S.D. Ohio)
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Gilman, Ronald Lee (Sixth Circuit)
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Siler, Eugene Edward Jr. (W.D. Ky., Sixth Circuit, E.D. Ky.)
CJ-OH-0001-0012 | CJ-OH-0001-0013 | CJ-OH-0001-0014
Suhrheinrich, Richard Fred (E.D. Mich., Sixth Circuit)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baich, Dale Andrew (Arizona)
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Barnhart, Robert Brady (Ohio)
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Benza, Michael J. (Ohio)
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Bodiker, David (Ohio)
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Bohnert, Allen L (Ohio)
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Cocoves, Spiros P. (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Crim, Gary Wayne (Ohio)
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Culshaw, Kelly Leann (Ohio)
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Doughten, David L (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Dunn, Alvin (District of Columbia)
CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Fleming, Tyson L. (Ohio)
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Gamso, Jeffrey M. (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Greger, Lawrence Joseph (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Hicks, Sharon A. (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Hill , Thomas C. (District of Columbia)
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Jenkins, Christian A. (Ohio)
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Jenkins , James A. (Ohio)
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Kerger, Richard M. (Ohio)
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Kinsley, Jennifer M. (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Konrad, Robin C. (Arizona)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Krumholtz, Michael William (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Lazarow, William Sheldon (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
McDonald, Ashley (District of Columbia)
CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
McGarry, Kathleen (New Mexico)
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Meyers, Gregory William (Ohio)
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Mezibov, Marc David (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0007 | CJ-OH-0001-0008 | CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Murray, Kenneth Foye (Arizona)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Parker, John Patrick (Ohio)
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Payne , Timothy R. (Ohio)
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Porter, Randall Lee (Ohio)
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Prucha , Linda E. (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0009 | CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Prude-Smithers, Pamela J (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Reinhart, Harry R. (Ohio)
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Rigby, Kimberly S (Ohio)
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Rossman, Alan C. (Ohio)
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Rousseau, Alison B. (District of Columbia)
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Sandford , Kathryn L. (Ohio)
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Schneider, Kelly Leann (Arizona)
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Shank, S. Adele (Ohio)
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Sipe, Dennis Lyle (Ohio)
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Stebbins, David Clark (Ohio)
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Sweeney , Timothy F. (Ohio)
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Timken, Kyle Edward (Ohio)
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Tkacz, Ruth L. (Ohio)
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Troutman, Rachel (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Wilhelm, Joseph E (Ohio)
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Wright, Carol Ann (Ohio)
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Young, Timothy (Ohio)
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Young, Kirstie N. Young (Ohio)
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Defendant's Lawyers Arbogast, Janet R Hill (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Collyer, Michael L. (Ohio)
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Ellensohn, Carol Ann (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Eschbacher, Lisa M (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Gosselin, Heather L. (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0015 | CJ-OH-0001-0017 | CJ-OH-0001-0018 | CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Holloway, James Eric (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Kanai, Matthew A (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Laliberte, Brian J (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9000 | CJ-OH-0001-9001
Lovett, Justin M. (Ohio)
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Madden, Thomas E (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-9001
Petro, Jim (Ohio)
CJ-OH-0001-0010
Pressman, Marianne (Ohio)
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Sweeney , Kelley Ann (Ohio)
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Van Ho, Adam Michael (Ohio)
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Wille, Charles L. (Ohio)
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Other Lawyers None on record

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