How Ohio death row inmate Abdul Awkal was saved from execution
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Ohio death row inmate Abdul Awkal wasn’t
trying to avoid his execution. He just wanted his meals prepared
according to his Muslim faith.
by Kevin Osborne
Connecticut is 17th to abolish capital punishment
Connecticut will soon join the list of states that have ended
the use of capital punishment.
In an 86-63 vote, legislators in Connecticut’s House of
Representatives passed the bill Wednesday night. The state Senate approved the
measure April 5, in a 20-16 vote.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a
Democrat, has indicated he will sign the bill when it reaches his desk,
probably sometime this week. A similar bill was vetoed by then-Gov. Jodi Rell,
a Republican, in 2009.
Connecticut’s law is
prospective in nature, and won’t affect the sentences of the 11 people
currently on the state’s death row.
In the last five years, New
Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Illinois have repealed the death penalty,
according to CNN. California voters will decide the issue in November.
Other states that have
abolished capital punishment are Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and
Meanwhile, a man who spent 21 years on Ohio’s death row until he was
exonerated in 2010 will speak tonight at a forum in Clifton.
will discuss his experience and
why he believes the death penalty should be scrapped at 6:30 p.m. at the St.
Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center, located at 328 W. McMillan St. D’Ambrosio
will be joined by the Rev. Neil Kookoothe, a Roman Catholic priest who worked
to get him released.
D’Ambrosio was wrongfully
convicted of the 1988 murder of Anthony Klann in Cleveland. Cuyahoga County
prosecutors withheld 10 pieces of evidence that would have exonerated
D’Ambrosio at his trial and implicated another suspect in the crime, a judge
ruled in March 2010.
D’Ambrosio is the
140th Death Row exoneration in the United States since 1973 and the sixth
This week’s Porkopolis column
looks at a report from Amnesty International about the use of capital
punishment throughout the world, and how the United States is one of the only
industrialized nations that still condones the practice.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Ohio can now resume carrying out
executions for the first time since November 2011, after a ruling last
week from U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost of Newark. In January, Frost halted the Ohio
execution of condemned murderer Charles Lorraine in light of several
slip-ups by the state in following its own execution protocol.
by Danny Cross
Do you enjoy looking at slideshows of rich people? Here's a good one, themed “Most Corrupt Members of Congress.” Guess which local Eastside representative made the list … Here's a hint: Jean Schmidt.
Survivor of Ohio’s latest botched execution speaks out
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Romell Broom achieved a macabre notoriety this past month when he became the first man to survive his date with the needle — not just in Ohio, but anywhere. The convicted rapist and murderer endured more than two hours of poking and stabbing before his execution was called off indefinitely. The eyes of the world are on Ohio now, and many are questioning our death-penalty apparatus.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins investigates why Ohio is one of the busiest death penalty states
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Offhand, what would you say Ohio has in common with the state of Texas? A propensity to execute its prisoners, that's what. In his recently released book 'No Winners Here Tonight,' Columbus-based Associated Press reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins says that in 1958 four states accounted for half the 48 U.S. executions (Ohio, Texas, California, Georgia), and by 2000 Ohio was second only to Texas in the number of people put to death each year.
Forgiveness, not prison, helped one man change his ways
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
'Dealing with the fact that I killed somebody was very hard for me to handle,' Moore says. 'After my appeals began, I fired my attorney - and began to represent myself. Some of the paperwork that I got from the police and the court concerning my case had the names and addresses of the victim's family.