Ohio Death Penalty Review Committee Meets Again

Mar 8, 2012

A state Supreme Court task force analyzing the effectiveness of Ohio's capital punishment law plans another
meeting today as part of its year-long review.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor convened the task force while making it clear it won't debate whether the state should have the death penalty.

The panel has discussed whether Ohio should consider a statewide approach to charging murder defendants with death penalty charges to avoid disparities that arise from county to county.

The task force has also heard a proposal that relatives of murder victims should be allowed to tell juries weighing death sentences how the crimes affected them.

O'Connor says the committee's goal is to produce a fair, impartial and balanced analysis of the state's 30-year-old law.