death penalty

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland
Jay LaPrete / AP

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is officially joining the effort to repeal the death penalty, saying he regrets the way he handled capital punishment while he was in office. 

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Some Republicans are pushing back against a group of fellow conservatives who want to repeal the death penalty.

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the conservative movement to end the death penalty, an effort that usually gets support from liberal activists. Josh Culling of the group Conservatives Concerned About The Death Penalty joins the show.

State Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) during a House session on April 11, 2018.
Ohio House

A new group called Ohio Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is releasing a list of prominent legislators, politicians and citizens who are calling for an end to the practice. Former Gov. Bob Taft and former Rep. Pat Tiberi have both signed onto the list.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

As Ohio prison officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks before signing his first executive action alongside his wife Fran, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Cedarville, Ohio. The former U.S. senator took his oath in a private midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home.
John Minchillo / AP

Gov. Mike DeWine has issued three reprieves of execution, as the future of Ohio’s death penalty looks more uncertain.

The Future Of Ohio's Death Penalty

Jan 16, 2020
Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

The death penalty remains the law of the land in Ohio, but House Speaker Larry Householder says the law could be unenforceable if the state can’t buy the drugs needed to administer lethal injections.

Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The man who created Ohio’s 1981 death penalty law says it’s likely that the state’s last execution ever has already happened.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
Paul Vernon / AP

The Republican leader of the Ohio House says lawmakers are in a quandary when it comes to the death penalty. 

Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

Opponents of the death penalty say they are concerned about a newly proposed abortion ban in Ohio that could charge a woman who gets an abortion and a doctor who provides it with a capital crime.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien sought the death penalty against Quentin Smith. He gave his closing arguments on Oct. 31, 2019.
Fred Squillante / Pool/Columbus Dispatch

Quentin Smith, convicted of murdering two Westerville Police officers in February 2018, narrowly avoided a death sentence this week.

"The Quentin Smith case was, even for today, a classic death penalty case. Killing a police officer in Ohio is a death penalty specification, killing two or more people is," says Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

A tribute to two Westerville officers, who were killed in an apparent ambush while responding to a 9-1-1 call.
Nick Evans / WOSU

A Franklin County jury has put a period on the murder of two Westerville Police officers who were killed while responding to a domestic violence incident. Jurors recommended two life sentences without the possibility of parole for Quentin Smith. 

Changing Views On The Death Penalty

Nov 7, 2019
prison lock
File photo / Creative Commons

Governor Mike DeWine delayed execution dates again last week for two death-row inmates as the state continues its search for a pharmaceutical company willing to sell drugs for use in executions.

It marks the first time in three years Ohio will not hold any executions in a calendar year.

Today on All Sides, the death penalty in Ohio.



Quentin Smith was found guilty in the deaths of Westerville Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli on Friday, November 1, 2019.
Fred Squillante / Pool/Columbus Dispatch

A Franklin County jury has sentenced Quentin Smith to life in prison without the possibility parole for the murder of two Westerville Police officers.

Jonathan Quilter / Pool Photo

Sentencing proceedings began Monday in the case of the man convicted of murdering two Westerville Police officers.