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August 10, 2009

Public defender complaining about increased pace of Ohio executions

This new item from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which is titled "Executions are coming too fast, Ohio Public Defender Tim Young says," spotlights some of the complains and concerns emerging as Ohio becomes the north's Texas:

The state of Ohio is lining up death-row inmates for execution at a feverish pace not seen here since capital punishment was reinstated a decade ago. Having already carried out three executions since June, the state has scheduled at least one lethal injection every month through the end of the year. That could mean that by year's end, Ohio will have executed eight men in the final seven months of 2009. The previous high was seven in all of 2004.

They are coming too fast, argues Ohio Public Defender Tim Young, who worries that the burdens on state officials to carry out the tasks in rapid-fire succession could lead to careless mistakes. "This should never become ordinary, it should never become run-of-the-mill, it should never be a normal happening like the turning of a calendar page," Young said....

Attorney General Richard Cordray said he couldn't help but notice the stepped-up rate of executions and the burden that could pose on the system and families. But his office is prepared, he said. "We can handle whatever they do with us," Cordray said.

So many condemned inmates are coming up at once because of a backlog of cases resulting from a pair of U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2007 that separately led to de facto moratoriums on lethal injections across the country. Also, Ohio's death row -- with 168 men and one woman -- is chock full of inmates who were sentenced in the 1980s and early 1990s, before life without parole was a sentencing option. Many are now running out of appeal options.

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"They are coming too fast, argues Ohio Public Defender Tim Young, who worries that the burdens on state officials to carry out the tasks in rapid-fire succession could lead to careless mistakes. "This should never become ordinary, it should never become run-of-the-mill, it should never be a normal happening like the turning of a calendar page," Young said...."

Is he kidding? I mean really. Once a month is going to lead to "careless mistakes". What a doofus.

Posted by: federalist | Aug 10, 2009 10:50:46 AM

I would think having it be at least somewhat routine and thus something the execution team isn't incredibly nervous about would help cut down on those mistakes. It would be interesting if there actually is some optimum execution number at which both above and below mistakes are more likely.

What is the expected mistake rate if you whip up a new execution team each time you need to perform the procedure? I suspect there is a reason that these functions experience a fair amount of continuity.

Or perhaps this defender is trying a Hail Mary cause he doesn't have any better argument for some of these folks.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Aug 10, 2009 11:19:22 AM

SH, I think the PD simply has swallowed his own rhetoric and doesn't realize how silly he sounds.

The editors at the Plain Dealer need some work too--an execution a month is a "feverish" pace?

Posted by: federalist | Aug 10, 2009 11:48:00 AM

I wish someone would explain why there are so many naughty people in Ohio that need to be killed. Other states, like say, Maine and Alaska have much nicer people that don't require killing.

Posted by: S.cotus | Aug 10, 2009 1:19:39 PM

I see there's a group of little boys playing vicariously with needles in here.

This blog is a playground for the mindless when it comes to the death penalty.


Posted by: Mom | Aug 10, 2009 2:06:16 PM

sounds like a content-free emotional outburst from someone reflexively opposed to the death penalty... I guess I shouldn't be surprised when this sort of thing gets published, but somehow I am.

Posted by: anonymous | Aug 10, 2009 4:50:21 PM

Sounds like projection to me A-Non, although I do feel reflexively gagged by you.

Who let YOU in the house?

Posted by: Mom | Aug 10, 2009 5:39:34 PM

sorry, Mom, when you simply make some goofy comment, people are going to take shots at you.

Posted by: federalist | Aug 10, 2009 6:32:58 PM

"sorry, Mom, when you simply make some goofy comment, people are going to take shots at you."

You should know.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 11, 2009 4:41:50 PM

Au contraire, anon, I defend everything I say. And I don't serve up nonsense like "look at footnote 10" when trying to defend a hack like Sotomayor.

Posted by: federalist | Aug 11, 2009 5:38:24 PM

That hack is far more intelligent than you are.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 11, 2009 10:25:58 PM

perhaps, but I can read a supreme court dissent, and she cannot. Moreover, I can give a coherent answer on SCOTUS term limits, and she cannot. I also don't pepper my speech with malapropisms.

Posted by: federalist | Aug 12, 2009 3:41:07 AM

Pay attention:It's about possible people dying because the Ohio Public Defender's are treating them like a number & not a living person that deserves to be defended with utmost care in the details. They should be treated the same as the people that can hire/pay for there own defense: they get the best help because someones really cares if they get justice for real no matter how long it takes. Not a rush through kill shelter that just doesn't care about if it's right or not just get it over with theirs to many! You see my friend has been arrested for a murder he didn't commit & he doesn't think his public defender cares to fight for him & doesn't want to take to trial for him. He feels as though they want to spend as least time as possible & pen it on him with lack of evidence & no motive. Wake up! All people deserve a chance for real justice even if there poor. Less dying in vain would be nice there are to many people dying around this world for diff. reasons in vain & their innocent! There blood cries out to God for justice! Care about lives not critizing each other and you don't even see the main point! Use the heart God gave you. Don't be blind & numb. Think of it like it was someone you knew & couldn't do anything for them- THEN YOU WOULD BE MOVED & HAVE A HEART????

Posted by: heavenbound5511 | Mar 23, 2010 12:47:36 AM

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