Gift of Life — New Frontier?


Ronald Phillips will not receive a lethal injection today in Lucasville, Ohio.  The scheduled execution was postponed by Gov. John Kasich after Phillips asked to donate vital organs before his death.  Prison officials had rejected the request, but Kasich delayed the execution to allow time for a feasibility study.

Phillips, 40, had been slated to die today for the 1993 rape and murder of a three-year-old.  He had requested the organ harvesting to benefit his mother, who has kidney disease, and his sister, who has a heart condition.  His attorney said Phillips would be willing to donate organs to others in need, if he couldn’t help his relatives.

The attorney, Lisa Lagos, said the offer was an effort by his client to do good, rather than a delaying tactic.  Phillips has exhausted all other appeals.

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