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Committee recommends death penalty changes

Changes would raise barrier for capital cases

June 28, 2013

COLUMBUS — Factors that can lead to a death penalty case, such as murders committed during robberies, burglaries or rapes, would be stripped from Ohio’s death penalty law to focus on the worst of......

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Jun-29-13 8:28 AM

Screw that, let the people vote on it! Let the residents of Ohio have a say concerning who should and should not die based on the crime committed. Also a special amendment that certifies O'Connor as a moron should be placed on the ballot!

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Jun-28-13 11:50 PM

Most become lawyers an preachers in about 20-25 years? LOL To bad they use it for bad purposes.

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Jun-28-13 11:48 PM

Well said john01!

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Jun-28-13 6:12 PM

Murder is murder regardless of who the victim is or their status in society. The life of a polce offer is worth no more and certainly no less than any other human being.

If the idea to eliminate the death penalty for all but the most heinous of crimes murder during or after the violent,brutal act of rape should by all means be a capitol offense as should the murder of any child regardless of age.

The gutless child molesting coward who murdered Teddy Foltz will unfortunatley live and possibly be paroled. And will we ever see justice for Raymond Fife ?

D.Hill and Z.Bush are both perfect examples of what's wrong with capitol punishment. In Hill's case it's the rediculous amount of time he's been permitted to make a mockery of the court system.

In Bushe's case the fact that he was able to plead his cowardly,worthless self out of the death penalty is a complete travesty of justice with little regard for the justice Teddy Foltz certainly deserves.

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Jun-28-13 5:37 PM

Maureen O'Conner is a full fledged idiot. Years ago she was the referee fill in judge when I lived in Hodson and she was on the bench in Akron. I was in the process of adopting my wife's daughter. Her stepfather was not paying his WGN Radio 720

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and he was abusing her. At one point she declared that June 6 of year A was in the same year as June 6 in year B. And to top it off, she declared that "best interest of the child is not the issue". We lost that round but eventually won.

And WP, your flawed view of race and what is fair is because you fail to believe the fact that blacks create more crime than other groups.

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Jun-28-13 3:13 PM

Insider is so correct.

Judges should NOT be crafting legislation from the bench.

That is the job of the elected legislators.

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Jun-28-13 3:10 PM

Warrenohmy Has spoken for me also.

Well stated.

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Jun-28-13 11:06 AM

"Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor convened the task force last year, instructing it to look for ways to make the current law - enacted in 1981 - more fair,.."

Memo to Ms. O'Connor: You are in the judicial branch of government. It is NOT your job to make law! We have this thing in Ohio called the State Legislature, which the citizens have elected to MAKE laws in consultation with the governor. Please go back and read up on the concept of "separation of powers".

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Jun-28-13 9:49 AM

so your saying a person that kills a cop gets the death penalty, but if he kills ordinary Joe he lives.They are both human beings.How is that right?

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Jun-28-13 8:40 AM

Any changes to the death penalty should involve a more timely implementation of the sentence after a mandatory series of review by an appeals court and the state Supreme Court.

MM is correct that the deterrent to crime is lost when the appeals process is dragged out 25 years or more.

But taking the death penalty off the table for murders committed during violent crimes does nothing to protect innocent citizens from the violent criminal who will have even less fear of severe punishment for taking a life during a crime.

Wrong direction folks.

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Jun-28-13 6:52 AM

Just follow Texas' example.

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Jun-28-13 5:43 AM

Reforms are needed because the death penalty is definitely skewed against the poor and minorities. The rich can afford the high priced lawyers who get them favorable plea deals.

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Jun-28-13 1:43 AM

This is going the WRONG way! We need to streamline the process from conviction to death and increase the crimes punishable in this manner, not decrease!

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