An investigation at Attorney General Mike DeWine's office last year determined DeWine's then-employment law chief failed to properly report an employee who repeatedly told a legal secretary he liked to slap and punch women.
Ohio prosecutors are pushing for laws that would shield the identity of pharmacies making a specialized dose of a lethal drug.
Draft legislation that could be debated later this year also would grant anonymity to members of the state execution team and prevent doctors who consult with Ohio about its execution policy from being disciplined.
John Murphy, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, said Thursday that without a viable execution method there won't be a death penalty in Ohio.
A new independent poll of likely voters shows some bad news for Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald. The latest Quinnipiac poll has likely voters backing Republican incumbent John Kasich at 57 percent, compared to 35 percent for FitzGerald, the Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive. The poll also shows Kasich gets support from a full quarter of Democratic voters, and nearly half of those surveyed say they still don’t know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion.
Former Congressman Jim Traficant died Saturday after a tractor he was riding flipped over on his family farm. The fiery and colorful Democrat from Youngstown, Ohio, is one of only four members ever to be kicked out of Congress. That was in 2002, after he was convicted of bribery and racketeering.
Before he was convicted and expelled from Congress, Jim Traficant was best known for his improbable hair piece and his outlandish suits. And the broadsides he launched at Republicans, his fellow Democrats and big government.