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The Catholic Church now formally considers the death penalty "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person" and is pledging to work for its abolition worldwide.

It's a shift for the church, which used to consider the death penalty a "means of safeguarding the common good" in response to "certain crimes." The update to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the book of official teachings of the church, was announced Thursday.

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The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the death sentence is appropriate for a man who planned a killing and restrained the victim as he was fatally stabbed, even though the man who wielded the knife received a life sentence instead.

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The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the state's three-decades-old death penalty law, rejecting a challenge that argued juries and not judges should impose death sentences.

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Gov. John Kasich is blocking the April 11 execution of William Montgomery, 52, who was convicted of killing a woman in a 1986 robbery in Toledo.

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The man accused of fatally shooting two Westerville Police officers has been indicted on charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence.

The Death Penalty For Drug Traffickers

Mar 21, 2018
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President Trump has announced harsher penalties for drug trafficking offenses, including the death penalty. The penalties are part of a larger proposal laid out by the White House to combat the opioid epidemic. The proposal also includes funding for education about substance abuse and expansion of access to treatment.

We'll look at what the proposal contains, the impact it will have on the opioid crisis, and appropriate punishment for drug traffickers. 

Gov. John Kasich’s parole board is recommending that he call off next month’s execution of an inmate convicted of killing a woman in a robbery in Toledo in 1986. The board came to their decision based on the questionable actions of the prosecution.

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The man now convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes last February sat silently in court as the judge read the jury's verdict: Guilty on all counts, including aggravated murder.

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A juror who voted for a death sentence 20 years ago is now asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich to spare the condemned killer.

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Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s capital punishment sentencing law in 2016, a convicted killer is now arguing Ohio’s death penalty law is unconstitutional. Maurice Mason claims the ruling that a jury must sentence a defendant to death makes Ohio’s two-part sentencing process illegal.

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The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a case next month that tests the constitutionality of death penalty sentencing. 

As public support for the death penalty wanes, the number of executions and projected death sentences in 2017 rose only slightly, remaining at nearly 25-year lows, according to the annual report released Thursday by the Death Penalty Information Center.

There were 23 executions this year, the center says. Over the past 25 years, only last year's total, 20, was lower.

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The state parole board has voted 11-1 to recommend Gov. John Kasich deny clemency to Alva Campbell Jr., a death row inmate who is scheduled for execution on November 15. Campbell's attorneys say they're disappointed and hope for clemency or a reprieve by the governor.

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The knife collection of a man accused of raping and killing a female bartender should not have been introduced into evidence at trial because the weapons weren’t used in the slaying, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday as it overturned the conviction and death sentence of the accused.

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Ohio’s second execution in two months is set to proceed on Wednesday. Gary Otte of Indiana is scheduled to be executed for two murders in Parma in 1992. Opponents of capital punishment says they’re not done fighting.

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