Ohio death penalty committee won’t reopen votes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A committee reviewing changes to Ohio’s death penalty law has voted against taking new votes on recommendations the panel previously approved.

At issue are concerns raised by some prosecutors about recommendations they oppose but which they weren’t present to vote for.

Chief among those is a recommendation to create a centralized state panel that would have the final say on whether death penalty charges should be brought by local prosecutors.

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Joint Task Force on the Death Penalty voted 12-5 Thursday against reopening previous votes.

Franklin County Judge Stephen McIntosh said the committee’s rules have been clear that attendance is required for votes. He also said agendas are sent well ahead of time announcing what votes will be taken.

Any major recommendation would need legislative approval.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s