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June 1, 2006

Ohio Supreme Court reverses death sentence based on own weighing for first time in 15 years

As detailed in this Columbus Dispatch article and in this post from Karl Keys, the Ohio Supreme Court today in a split ruling in State v. Tenace, 109 Ohio St.3d 255, 2006-Ohio-2417 (May 31, 2006) (available here) overturns a death sentence based on its statutory duty to independently reweigh aggravators and mitigators.  The dissent notes that this reversal is only the Ohio Supreme Court's third reversal on these grounds (despite reviewing hundreds of death sentences), and the first such reversal in 15 years.  This official summary from the Ohio Supreme Court provides a great review of the basics of the ruling.

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