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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.

State of Ohio / Governor's office

Gov. John Kasich has finished dealing with executions for the remainder of his time in office following a modern-era record of death penalty commutations.

Thomas Bradley / WOSU News

Gov. John Kasich on Friday spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward and said information about the extent of the inmate's tough childhood wasn't properly presented at trial.

Execution chamber in Florida
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Ohio has put to death a killer sentenced to die for stabbing and strangling a man he met in a bar in 1985.

Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

Ohio planned Tuesday to move a condemned killer to the state death house as it begins preparations for its first execution in several months.

Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

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.

Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

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.

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.

Thomas Bradley / WOSU News

Gov. John Kasich has announced he will delay the execution of condemned killer Raymond Tibbetts.

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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.

Ohio Supreme Court chambers.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

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.

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

After months of warnings that 69-year-old Alva Campbell Jr. was too sick to be executed, the state tried and failed to carry out his lethal injection.

Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

Ohio temporarily delayed the execution of Alva Campbell, Jr. after several unsuccessful attempts to insert an IV. 

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