Anti-capital punishment activists delivered more than 27 thousand petitions to Kasich’s office, asking him to commute the death sentence of Phillips and 26 others who are set to be executed in the next three years. Tom Smith with the Ohio Council of Churches is one of those urging Kasich to act on recommendations of an Ohio Supreme Court task force that studied the capital punishment process. Smith says there are many problems with the death penalty…including racial and economic disparities among those who are sentenced to death row and those who are given lighter sentences. Smith says there should be no hurry for Ohio to resume executions now.
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