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Prosecutor: Report Would End Death Penalty in Ohio
COLUMBUS (AP) -- A veteran prosecutor is criticizing recommendations proposed by a statewide capital punishment review committee, saying many of them would end the death penalty in Ohio if put in place.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, a committee member, says the recommendations would restrict the law so much it would be impossible to execute someone like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
The committee convened by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor was meeting Thursday to review its final report and 56 total recommendations.
O'Brien, a Republican, said a minority of members on the committee -- many of them prosecutors -- planned to submit a dissenting report next week.
State Public Defender Tim Young says the recommendations would narrow but not end capital punishment, reserving it for the worst criminals.
Committee Recommends Restrictions to Ohio Death Penalty
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Prosecutors would need much stronger evidence against a murder defendant before bringing death penalty charges under recommendations proposed by a statewide capital punishment review committee.
The panel that spent more than two years studying changes to Ohio's death penalty law proposes that capital charges require biological or DNA evidence or a videotaped confession.
The committee convened by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor planned to meet Thursday to review its final report and 56 total recommendations.
Most of the proposals would need legislative approval with support uncertain in what remains a death penalty-friendly state.
The 71-page draft report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday also proposes eliminating cases where an aggravated murder was committed during a burglary, robbery or rape and banning the execution of the mentally ill.
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