death penalty

Fifty years in, death penalty still unworkable, group says

BY: - June 29, 2022

If there’s a way to make the death penalty nonarbitrary and nondiscriminatory, the United States hasn’t found it, a group that studies capital punishment said in a report released Tuesday. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Furman v Georgia. It effectively put the death penalty on hold after the court […]

Ohio gets closer to abolishing death penalty

BY: - March 7, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Ohio hasn’t executed a prisoner in about four years, but capital […]

Group highlights the parallels between lynching and the modern death penalty

BY: - February 17, 2022

An anti-death penalty group in Ohio is arguing that lynchings in the 19th and early 20th centuries had a lot in common with the way the modern death penalty is applied. On Thursday it will highlight Ohio lynchings to make that case.  The argument delves deeply into a complex and often painful past that some […]

In 2021 the death penalty faded further in Ohio, U.S.

BY: - January 4, 2022

In 2021, the death penalty faded further in Ohio, U.S.

Law, religion come together in support of death penalty ban

BY: - June 21, 2021

Supporters of a measure to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio include religious and legal leaders, who say the concept is both a waste of the state’s money and time, and unethical. “The death penalty is the most inefficient government program in existence in Ohio today,” said Timothy Young, Ohio’s state public defender. “I don’t […]

COMMENTARY

Son of murder victim urges legislature to end death penalty quickly

BY: - April 8, 2021

By Jonathan Mann Thomas Knuff, the man who murdered my father, was sentenced to death in 2019. Knuff brutally murdered my father and I live with the pain and grief of that violent loss every single day. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley sought the death penalty for Thomas Knuff and got the conviction. But when […]

Ohio AG: Clear death penalty roadblocks or get rid of it

BY: - April 6, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week used an annual report to draw attention to the fact that 140 people are languishing on death row because Ohio’s death penalty machinery “has grown increasingly time consuming, costly and lethargic.”  Yost, a former prosecutor, might be expected to call for ways to speed up executions. But in […]

Chances for Ohio death penalty repeal appear to be growing

BY: - February 19, 2021

The biggest-ever bipartisan coalition on Thursday announced a renewed effort to repeal the death penalty in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, and Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, hosted a virtual press conference to announce that they and three other Republican and four Democratic senators so far have said they will co-sponsor the repeal legislation. […]

Poll: Big majority in Ohio support getting rid of the death penalty

BY: - January 28, 2021

Almost 60% of Ohioans support replacing the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to a poll conducted late last year and released on Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the advocacy group Ohioans to Stop Executions. In addition, a majority supports a full repeal, including […]

Death sentences, executions continue to fade in 2020

BY: - December 30, 2020

The numbers of death sentences, executions and public support for the death penalty continued to fall in 2020. And ironically, as it killed so many, the coronavirus pandemic slowed the death penalty even more, according to the Death Penalty Information Center’s annual report. The center reported that the 17 executions carried out this year was […]

Ohio House

Bill prohibiting death penalty for mentally ill heads to governor’s desk

BY: - December 18, 2020

A bill to prohibit the death penalty for convicted killers if they suffer from a serious mental illness is headed to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk. Members of the Ohio House of Representatives passed the bill Thursday, a week after it cleared the Ohio Senate. As previously reported, House Bill 136 spares a person convicted of […]

Ohio might have performed its last execution

BY: - December 10, 2020

Gov. Mike Dewine’s latest statement on lethal injections could mean the Ohio death house has seen its last execution. The state hasn’t executed anybody since July 2018, when convicted killer Robert Van Hook wheezed and gasped as he died on a gurney at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility outside Lucasville. DeWine, who took office the […]