A new documentary about the death penalty is coming to Ohio ahead of the state’s next scheduled execution on Feb. 13. The advocacy group Ohioans to Stop Executions is sponsoring screenings throughout the state.
All Ohioans deserve to know exactly how executions are carried out. And as long as lawmakers see fit to continue capital punishment, they should do it in a way that doesn’t require hiding the truth.
The Ohio General Assembly should pass a bipartisan bill forbidding Ohio to give a death sentence to someone convicted of aggravated murder – but also found to have a serious mental illness. He or she would instead be sentenced to life imprisonment, which is far more reasonable and compassionate.
Justices on the Ohio Supreme Court will privately review records about lethal drugs the state prison system wants shielded from public view as part of an open records dispute. At issue is a law firm’s request for multiple records about Ohio’s lethal injection drugs and whether a secrecy law prohibits their release.