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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.

 

Guests:

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.

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

Jurors head back to court Monday for the sentencing phase of the trial for Quentin Smith, the man convicted of murdering two Westerville police officers.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Nov 4, 2019
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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 the Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the death penalty in Ohio, and more. 

 

Guests:

Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why it's so hard to get voters out to polls for local elections where their impact can be much greater. Political consulatant Mary Anne Sharkey joins the show.

Gov. DeWine Delays Two More Executions

Oct 31, 2019
lethal injection chair
Wikipedia Commons

Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed two more executions, citing Ohio’s continuing struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
Bryan Woolston / Associated Press

For the first time in three years, Ohio likely won’t see an execution in 2019.

Westerville Police

Jury selection resumes Monday morning for Quentin Smith, the man accused of fatally shooting two Westerville Police officers in February 2018. Opening arguments in the trial could start as soon as Monday afternoon.

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