Ohio’s three living former governors have no trouble agreeing on the toughest burden they faced in office: deciding whether someone should live or die. And after a collective 20 years as Ohio’s governor, Richard F. Celeste, Bob Taft and Ted Strickland all wish they had spared more people from execution. Read more here.
On Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court struck down that state’s death penalty due to racial bias and arbitrary application. Washington became the 20th state to abandon the death penalty. Ohio lawmakers would be wise to follow suit. Read the full article here.
Washington has become the 20th US state to ban the death penalty, after its Supreme Court ruled the punishment was applied in an “arbitrary and racially biased manner.” Read the full story here.
COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich granted a reprieve to delay the execution of Cleveland Jackson and commuted the death sentence of Raymond Tibbetts to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jackson had been scheduled to be executed on September 13, 2018 and Tibbetts on October 17, 2018. Cleveland Jackson was convicted […]
In my more than four decades as a law professor, I have studied issues of fairness in our criminal justice system, particularly in the area of the death penalty. Thus I was struck by a question that a juror who served Ray Tibbetts’ capital trial, Ross Allen Geiger, posed in a letter to Gov. John […]
I spent almost 30 years of my life working in the Ohio prison system, beginning as a chaplain at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. I later worked in a number of other positions, eventually serving as warden at Madison, London and Pickaway correctional institutions. My time working directly with inmates showed me what my faith […]
John Kasich made an unusual request of the Ohio Parole Board. The governor received a letter from a juror in a capital punishment case going back two decades. The juror explained that he had discovered the public record now contains more information about the case than was presented to the jury. He told the governor […]
“As a former Ohio prosecutor and judge, I have great respect for our criminal-justice system. However, even our system fails sometimes. When that happens, I believe we must correct those mistakes. Such an opportunity will be before the Ohio Parole Board on June 14 when it considers clemency for death-row prisoner Raymond Tibbetts.” To read […]