For Joe D’Ambrosio. For Melinda Elkins-Dawson. For Charles Keith. Ohio’s administration of the death penalty is broken. They each had the opportunity to tell their stories and Judge James A. Brogan took advantage of the chance to explain many of the 56 recommendations made by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Joint Task Force to Review the Administration […]
The chairman of Ohio’s death penalty task force said Monday he expects state lawmakers to promptly take up proposed reforms to the state’s capital punishment system despite “hysterical” criticism from some prosecutors.
For the first time in three decades, Arthur Tyler is off Death Row.
The Ohio Parole Board recommended to Gov. John Kasich today that convicted killer Arthur Tyler’s death sentence should be commuted to time served, making him immediately eligible for release from prison.
It’s time to review the death penalty. Regular review and, if necessary, reform of death penalty standards are essential to be sure the ultimate punishment is applied fairly.
In 1981, Ohio reintroduced the death penalty as the ultimate punishment for what the law called “the worst of the worst” offenders. However, today’s application of the death penalty has departed so far from the intent of the 1981 law that its own author, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer, now calls for its repeal.
Under current Ohio law, aggravated burglary and kidnapping are potentially punishable by death. Ohio’s Death Penalty Task Force has spent two years reviewing the state’s capital punishment regulations, and it recently published recommendations based on its findings.
The ultimate punishment under Ohio law would be reserved for the “worst of the worst,” and mentally ill people could not be executed if recommendations from a state task force become law.