As a juror who voted for death in Ray Tibbetts’ trial, I can attest we voted without the key facts: Ross Allen Geiger
LOVELAND, Ohio — Twenty years ago, the state of Ohio asked me to make one of the most consequential decisions of my life when I sat on a jury that determined whether to recommend a death sentence for Ray Tibbetts. I believed then, and I still believe, that jury service is a duty that upholds […]
Ross Geiger had doubts about recommending a death sentence 20 years ago for a convicted Ohio killer, concerned about the impact of the offender’s tough childhood on his behavior. But ultimately, Geiger voted in favor of death for Raymond Tibbetts for killing a Cincinnati man he was staying with. Today, Geiger has changed his mind. […]
As the overdose crisis continues to devastate Ohio’s families, it has forced many difficult conversations about how the state — as well as the nation — approaches addiction. In this state, the governor, legislators and local officials have recognized that the most effective way to address problem drug use is through treatment and rehabilitation, rather […]
A former juror in an Ohio murder trial that sent a man to death row is now asking Gov. John Kasich to pump the brakes on the convicted man’s Feb. 13 execution. Ross Gieger’s name appears on the list of Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas jurors who in 1998 convicted Raymond Tibbetts of murder and recommended […]
New: Former Juror Urges Gov. Kasich to Spare Ray Tibbetts from Execution Based on Information Jurors Never Heard at Trial
(Columbus, Ohio; February 1, 2018) In a rare and highly significant development, a juror from Ray Tibbetts’ capital trial has come forward to support a commutation of his death sentence due to the juror’s “deep concerns about the trial,” concluding that “[b]ased on what I know today I would not have recommended the death penalty.” Former juror […]
Ohio Gov. John Kasich should consider his fight against the state’s deadly opioid epidemic when deciding whether to spare a condemned killer whose life spiraled out of control after becoming addicted to painkillers, say attorneys trying to stop the killer’s execution less than three weeks from now.
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.