Support For Death Penalty Wavering In Ohio

Aug 23, 2019

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown talk about whether capital pubishment will be able to continue in the state or not.

Andrew Welsh Huggins, a reporter with the Associated Press in Columbus and author of the book No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country's Busiest Death Penalty States, joins the show.

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On this week's episode:

Lethal Injection

Ohio was once known as the "Texas of the North" when it came to executing condemned inmates. Since 2000,  Ohio executed 55 prisoners. Fifty-two of those came between 2001 and 2014. Since then, just three inmates have been executed.

Support for capital punishment in Ohio seems to be wavering. House Speaker Larry Householder is among those questioning whether we should still be executing inmates citing the expense and ongoing problems.

The state has been struggling to find lethal injection drugs because pharmaceutical companies don’t want drugs designed for other purposes to be used to kill people.

Additionally, earlier this year a federal judge said Ohio’s lethal injection protocol amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, and Gov, Mike DeWine said executions will not resume any time soon since the state can’t seem to find an execution method that passes constitutional muster.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Jim Renacci, the hardline conservative who rode a Tea Party wave into Congress in 2010, has a new book out.

In it, he criticises criticizes former Governor John Kasich for running for president more than he was running the state. But Renacci ran for governor while serving in the House. Then when Josh Mandel dropped his Senate challenge against Sherrod Brown, Renacci jumped into that race.

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