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Monday, May 9, 2005

AP Study Finds Bias in Ohio Death Penalty

From LawLibrarian Blog (thanks to Joe Hodnicki): 

"The Ohio Associated Press studied 2,543 capital indictments from October 1981, when the law reinstating the state's death penalty took effect, through 2002. The study began in January 2003 and involved numerous Ohio news organizations that helped with research.

The results of this first-ever comprehensive analysis of Ohio's death-penalty system are being released in a three-part series in leading newspapers across the state. The AP report is also receiving national attention. The Washington Post reports that Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer, who co-sponsored the death penalty law in 1981 when he was a member of Ohio's Legislature, said the findings are disturbing.

Part One: Death penalty is applied unevenly for Ohioans Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 7, 2005) ; AP: Race, Pleas Affect Ohio Death Penalty Washington Post (May 7, 2005); Death-row odds vary - Murder victim's race, use of plea bargain, community standards influence likelihood Akron Beacon Journal (May 7, 2005).

Part Two: Reimbursement from state falls to 31 percent of lawyer fees Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 8, 2005); Capital cases hard for smaller counties - Expense, manpower at issue Cincinnati Enquirer (May 8, 2005); Small counties feel pinch from trials Akron Beacon Journal (May 8, 2005).

Part Three: Two Murders; Two Paths to Justice Mount Vernon News (May 8, 2005) (Includes a timeline) ; Part Three is expected to be published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday, May 9, 2005.

In The Associated Press began its project by reviewing 2,543 capital indictments... (May 5, 2005) the Akron Beacon Journal provided background information about the project. The Akron Beacon Journal also identifies Ohio capital punishment offenses in Ohio's conditions for seeking the death penalty Akron Beacon Journal (May 7, 2005)."

The DPIC has a story on this study here.  [Mark Godsey]

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