Division over death penalty

Ohio justice says she’s not surprised
Associated Press
Apr 17, 2014
Divisions were to be expected on a panel that spent more than two years studying capital punishment in the state, the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court said as the group wraps up its work.

The panel convened in 2011 by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor finalized its recommendations last week and now awaits a dissenting report from prosecutors on the committee who disagreed with some proposals.

“There was going to be some really divisive topics and going to be diametrically opposed positions,” O’Connor told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I’m not surprised. And I think it’s healthy”

Recommendations include reducing the number of crimes eligible for the death penalty and creating a statewide board that would have the final say over death penalty charges in the state. Defense attorneys, judges, prosecutors and capital punishment experts sat on the committee.

Many recommendations focused on reducing the role that race plays in capital punishment. Data show in Ohio and other states the killers of white victims are more likely to receive a death sentence than those who kill blacks.

O’Connor, a Republican and former county prosecutor, has said the goal of the committee was a fair, impartial and balanced review of the state’s 3-decade-old death penalty law. She made it clear from the start abolishing capital punishment was not on the table.

Implementing the panel’s 56 recommendations would reserve the death penalty for the worst of the worst criminals as lawmakers envisioned when they enacted the 1981 law, according to supporters of the proposals.

Prosecutors said the recommendations would make it virtually impossible to sentence anyone to death in Ohio.

Many of the proposals would require lawmakers’ support, while others could be approved as Supreme Court rules. O’Connor said she hopes lawmakers take a comprehensive approach to any recommendations they consider.

Comments

huronguy2

Here's a great liberal idea, let's kill babies but not criminals.

thinkagain

All life belongs to God, from the moment of conception to its natural ending.

We all deserve the death penalty, but for those of us who have been saved, Jesus took our death penalty from us.

The death penalty has never brought back a life. It is also unfairly applied and it has killed innocent people.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

agreed..If 1 person that is innocent is put to death for the 10,000 that did commit a crime that is too many. Can you imagine those thousands of people that were on death row that were innocent before DNA. What if it was you or your child. Sorry conservative in most ways but not this one

Nemesis

Cast, opposition to the death penalty is actually the consistently conservative position. One cannot stand for limited government while simultaneoulsy giving the government the ultimate power, to kill its subjects.

YoMamma

Let them rot in a small dark cold wet jail cell, never to see the sun for the rest of their life! Noooo, we give them Motel 6 instead!!!

Babo

SR: Please change the title and gender in the sub heading to read: "Ohio Chief Justice says she's not surprised".

The Commission's recommendations are a good start to making application of the ultimate punishment (premeditated murder by the state)fairer, but it will never in my opinion be just. Accordingly, Ohio and our Nation will continue on the inevitable cultural, financial, and moral decline to third world nation status.

Babo

Double post.