UPDATE: Anti-Death Penalty Group Plans Forums Around Ohio

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 5/7/2014 12:30 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) - The state's leading anti-death penalty group plans a series of forums to publicize the work of a Supreme Court panel that reviewed Ohio's capital punishment law.

The panel's upcoming final report includes recommendations that it says could reduce the role of race in capital punishment along with disparities in death cases by county.

Ohioans to Stop Executions planned an event Wednesday evening at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati following a similar event Tuesday in a different part of the state.

The court task force was convened by Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor and worked more than two years on the final report of 56 recommendations.

Prosecutors on the panel have criticized many of the proposals as attempts to make the law all but unworkable.

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UPDATE 4/16/2014 3:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court says divisions about the death penalty on a panel that spent more than two years studying capital punishment in the state were to be expected.

Justice Maureen O'Connor said Tuesday that diametrically opposed positions and divisive topics were a healthy part of the panel's work.

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

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.

O'Connor says the committee's goal was a fair analysis of Ohio's 3-decade old capital punishment law.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors would need much stronger evidence against a murder defendant before bringing death penalty charges under recommendations proposed by a statewide capital punishment review committee.

The panel that spent more than two years studying changes to Ohio's death penalty law proposes that capital charges require biological or DNA evidence or a videotaped confession.

The committee convened by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor planned to meet Thursday to review its final report and 56 total recommendations.

Most of the proposals would need legislative approval with support uncertain in what remains a death penalty-friendly state.

The 71-page draft report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday also proposes eliminating cases where an aggravated murder was committed during a burglary, robbery or rape and banning the execution of the mentally ill.

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