February 8, 2018
Ohio Gov Kasich issues reprieve days before scheduled execution so clemency process can consider new juror letter
In this post last week, I asked via the post title "Are Governors considering capital clemency inclined to give great weight to capital jurors calling for a commutation?". This question was prompted by the release of a letter from a a former juror in an Ohio capital case urging Governor John Kasich to grant a reprieve based on mitigating evidence that he said he had neverand that would have changed his vote at the penalty phase.
Today I just learned of a partial answer to my question in this new press report headlined "Kasich issues temporary reprieve for condemed killer." Here are the interesting details:
Gov. John Kasich on Thursday issued a temporary reprieve for Raymond Tibbetts, a Cincinnati man who was scheduled to be executed Tuesday.
“Kasich issued the reprieve in light of a letter he received on January 30 from a juror on Tibbetts’ case,” a statement from the governor’s office said. “Because the Ohio Parole Board issued its report and recommendation without considering the letter, Kasich has asked the board to convene a hearing for the purpose of considering the letter and the issue it raises.”
In his letter, the juror said that he would not have voted 20 years ago to execute Tibbetts, who killed his wife and an elderly man, if he’d known the extent to which Tibbetts was abused as a child.
Kasich reset the execution for Oct. 17.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, whose office sought a death sentence for Tibbetts, said he understands the governor's decision to delay, but he believes the original sentence should stand.
"It's pretty serious business when you're going to execute someone," Deters said. "It's frustrating for a lot of people, but the reality is this: If the governor has questions, it's his job to stop it.
"Would I have done something different? Maybe. But I don't know what he knows, and he's the governor."
February 8, 2018 at 12:49 PM | Permalink
Is a history of child abuse an accepted mitigating factor, as opposed to the feelings of a juror?
Posted by: David Behar | Feb 8, 2018 1:49:36 PM
Posted by: federalist | Feb 8, 2018 6:22:38 PM
Kudos to Kasich for doing the decent thing.
Posted by: anon2 | Feb 9, 2018 11:12:03 AM