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December 17, 2012

Reviewing the death penalty's recent past, present and future in Ohio

Today's Columbus Dispatch has this year-end review of the adminstration of the death penalty in the state of Ohio.  The piece is headlined "State to execute 12 over 2 years: Ohio carried out three executions this year, among 43 nationally," and here are excerpts:

Ohio dropped behind other states in the number of executions this year, but the pace is expected to quicken, with 12 lethal injections scheduled in the next two years.

In addition, four new death sentences were handed down in Ohio this year, including the first one in Franklin County since 2003, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office.  Execution dates have not been set in those cases, including that of Caron E. Montgomery, 37, of Columbus, sentenced to death by a three-judge panel for the Thanksgiving Day 2010 stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend, Tia Hendricks; the couple’s 2-year-old son, Tyron Hendricks; and her 10-year-old daughter, Tahlia Hendricks....

Ohio carried out three of the nation’s 43 executions this year, the same number nationally as in 2011, according to figures compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center.... Ohio had other executions scheduled this year, but they were canceled because of a court fight over lethal-injection procedures and clemency commutations granted by Gov. John Kasich.

As usual, Texas led the nation with 15 executions this year, followed by Arizona, Oklahoma and Mississippi with six apiece.  Ohio was next with three, along with Florida. South Dakota had two executions, and Delaware and Idaho, one each.  Alabama and Georgia, which are usually among the top states on the executions list, had none in 2012.

Ohio executed five men in 2011, third nationally behind Texas and Alabama, and eight in 2010, second to Texas....

The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled six executions next year, including Ronald Post of Lorain, set to be lethally injected on Jan. 16, barring intervention by the court or a grant of gubernatorial clemency.  The Ohio Parole Board recommended last week that Kasich grant clemency in Post’s case; the governor has not decided.

If Post is executed, he would be the 50th person in Ohio put to death since capital punishment resumed in 1999. There have been 1,320 executions in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976; most were by lethal chemical injections. The last electrocution execution was in 2010.... There are six executions slated in 2014 and one in January 2015.

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Nearly twice as many Americans believe the death penalty is not imposed often enough as too often. (Gallup, 2010-2011)

Hopefully Buckeye officials will follow the law and the will of the people, or have the honesty to openly challenge both!

Do we prefer to emulate Great Britain which thwarts "support for it at between 65 and 70 per cent for particularly terrible crimes," merely "Since the leaders of all three "main" parties agree," no death penalty whatsoever?—{Tom Chivers, Telegraph, 12/12/12}

Posted by: Adamakis | Dec 17, 2012 12:19:38 PM

Emotional support for an idea that has been shown to have no value to society in practice, is no substitute for informed policy making - that is called political leadership. It's what politicians are paid and elected for (at least in the UK).

Posted by: peter | Dec 17, 2012 1:10:39 PM

"Emotional support for an idea that has been shown to have no value to society in practice, is no substitute for informed policy making - that is called political leadership."

Translation: To hell with the unwashed masses, we, The (Self-Annointed) Elite, will call the shots.

This democracy stuff is SOOOOO passe'.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 17, 2012 4:42:45 PM

Democracy gave us limited death penalty and juries who apply even those sparingly. It gives, by elections, certain governors and legislatures who pass laws or perform executive acts some around here don't like because it restrains the d.p. It gives us judges (by elected people appointing them) restraining the d.p. in part by citing constitutional provisions passed by legislatures. But, "emotional" appeals about "pieces of slime" etc. around here suggest they don't go far enough. When it suits, however, democracy is appealed to.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 17, 2012 4:57:29 PM

Joe --

Are you saying that you welcome the parts of democracy (most of them in this country) that give us the death penalty, as well as those parts that limit it? Or is it, with you, that "When it suits...democracy is appealed to"?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 17, 2012 5:44:22 PM

|/ "Democracy gave us…acts some around here don't like because it restrains the d.p." \|

I speak with atheists, liberals, and anti-death penalty people daily about government and democracy and the sort: as with any contest, one ought compete knowledgeably, fairly, and openly.

Thus, my objection—and anyone who is not Machiavellian would join me--is the 'end-justifies-the-means' obfuscation by abolitionists in California, NC, and todo el mundo, which is as undemocratic as one can imagine.

Does this not rouse your ire?

Posted by: Adamakis | Dec 18, 2012 9:30:42 AM

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