Allen Bohnert, a federal public defender in Columbus, Ohio, represents inmates on death row with upcoming execution dates. He and his team of lawyers are using autopsy evidence of pulmonary edema to argue that the state’s execution protocol is cruel and unusual under the Eighth Amendment.

Allen Bohnert, federal public defender representing Ohio’s death row inmates, posed for a portrait at his office in Columbus, Ohio on January 27, 2020. As medical researchers find problems with lethal injection, some are wondering whether the method has crossed the threshold of “cruel and unusual punishment.” Bohnert is working on many of these cases.

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