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Parents Want Governor To Spare Life Of Daughter's Killer
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Edited on Thu Jan-11-07 04:01 PM by Algorem
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COLUMBUS, Ohio --...

Murray's parents plan to ask Strickland, a Democrat who took office Monday, to grant McKnight clemency. The governor would need an Ohio Parole Board recommendation -- which he could ask for -- to act on the request.

Thomas and Cynthia Murray, of Cold Spring, N.Y., said their daughter's opposition to capital punishment outweighed any thoughts of wanting revenge against McKnight.

"It's about Emily. It's about the people of Ohio. When we execute someone, in some subtle ways, we may harm ourselves," Thomas Murray told The Columbus Dispatch for a story Thursday...

Strickland, a former prison psychologist, supports the death penalty. But he has questioned the fairness of capital punishment because of cases around the country in which new scientific evidence exonerates inmates after long stays on death row...

Is lethal injection barbaric? Ohio revisits the ethics of execution

By Daniel Sturm
Athens NEWS Contributor

When Jonathan Groner put his dog to sleep, he knew the procedure would be quick and painless. He said he trusted the veterinarian because she euthanizes dogs daily, and he thought the procedure would be humane since dogs lack a perception of time. On the other hand, he said, there is no humane way to kill a human.

Since the botched execution of Joseph Clark in May 2006, critics of Ohio's lethal-injection protocol have been pointing toward the risk of torture in the execution chamber if a licensed anesthesiologist is not present.

"A humane execution is the ultimate paradox," said Groner at his Columbus Children's Hospital office. The doctor of pediatric surgery and associate professor at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health said he was troubled to see how the rise in Ohio executions was accompanied by the belief that the process of lethal injection was not controversial. He drew a parallel between the medical community's involvement in lethal injection procedures in the U.S. and concentration camp euthanasia programs in Nazi Germany (see sidebar interview)...

Editor's note: Daniel Sturm is a German journalist who covers under-reported social and political topics in Europe and in the United States. Some of his work can be seen on the Internet at . He recently moved to the Athens area.

Groups set death-penalty rally

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

YOUNGSTOWN — A rally with the theme "Rethinking Ohio's Death Penalty" is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the gates of Ohio State Penitentiary, 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road.

The event, a collaborative effort of the Cleveland Lucasville Five Defense Committee, Youngstown Prison Forum and Loved Ones Of Prisoners, is being held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

OSP is the state's supermax prison where most of Ohio's death row prisoners are held. Upcoming executions are former Trumbull County resident Kenneth Biros, Jan. 23; James Filiaggi, Feb. 13; and Christopher Newton, Feb. 27. However, Gov. Ted Strickland, who took office Monday, said he would not have enough time to review the Biros case, so it's likely the first execution of his administration would be postponed. Strickland said former Gov. Bob Taft reviewed such cases for months.

Ohio has executed 24 prisoners since it reinstated the death penalty after introducing lethal injections in 1999. More than half of these executions have taken place since 2004, making Ohio the state with the second-highest execution rate, after Texas.

Parole Board recommends no clemency for killer

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A unanimous Ohio Parole Board on Wednesday recommended that Gov. Ted Strickland deny clemency to a condemned killer in Strickland's first death-penalty case since taking office.

However, Strickland has said he needs more time to review the case of Kenneth Biros, whose execution is scheduled for Jan. 23. Strickland became governor on Monday.

Strickland is studying the board's report but hasn't made a final decision on seeking a delay, the governor's spokesman, Keith Dailey, said Wednesday.

The board said Biros' trial was fair and his sentence has been upheld through 16 years of appeals. The board also said the "brutality and violence exhibited in the offense" outweigh problems Biros said he faced during his childhood...

Strickland gets first death penalty case from parole board

By Alan Johnson
The Columbus Dispatch
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

In the first death-penalty case to reach him, Gov. Ted Strickland today received a recommendation opposing clemency for a Trumbull County killer...

Strickland, a Democrat who supports capital punishment, has indicated he will likely order a delay in Biros' case and perhaps the scheduled execution of James Filiaggi on Feb. 13 to give him more time to review the cases.

Under Ohio law, once the governor has a parole board recommendation, he has unlimited power to grant clemencies, reprieves or allow the execution to proceed.

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