A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in May found Ohio voters favor the death penalty 69 percent to 25 percent for people convicted of murder. But when offered a choice of death or life in prison without parole, 43 percent said they favor the death penalty and 40 percent said they favor life in prison […]
As a legislator, I voted in favor of reinstating Ohio’s death penalty law in 1981. As attorney general, I oversaw 18 executions in accordance with Ohio law, but increasingly I struggled with my views on the death penalty. It’s one thing to consider the law in the abstract; it is much different and more difficult […]
It’s time Ohio joined 18 other states and Washington, D.C., which have all abolished the death penalty – a practice this editorial board believes is unjust, immoral and too costly. At the very least, Kasich should wait for Frost’s ruling before queuing up inmates again for execution.
Whether it’s because of botched attempts like the recent “macabre screw-ups” in Oklahoma and Ohio or the increasing number of cases in which death row inmates are exonerated, the case for capital punishment seems to get weaker with every new execution. Here are three reasons to get rid of the death penalty.
The state worried new drugs could make prisoners “gasp” and “hyperventilate”—and used them anyway.
An expert is now testifying that Mr. McGuire did in fact suffer from the lethal injection process that was carried out for his execution. Read the whole affidavit here, the Columbus Dispatch reporting on it here, and see excerpts of the affidavit below. Despite arguments that Dennis McGuire would experience agony and suffering due to the lethal injection […]
A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio into next year as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty.
After two botched executions in the United States, the debate over capital punishment has been rekindled — but now with a focus on the cost and effectiveness of the method used to carry it out rather than on its moral legitimacy.