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Former Governor Ted Strickland is officially joining the effort to repeal capital punishment, saying he regrets the way he handled Ohio’s death penalty while he was in office. 

A national group of conservatives that oppose capital punishment has made Ohio the 14th state for its campaign to repeal of the death penalty. The group says the time is right to come to Ohio, which has been one of the leading states for executions.

As Ohio prisons officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has delayed three upcoming executions.

There hasn’t been a killer put to death in Ohio in 18 months. And the state’s last execution has likely taken place, according to the architect of Ohio’s 1981 death penalty law. But prosecutors say killing off capital punishment entirely would be a mistake.

Opponents of the death penalty say they are concerned about a newly proposed abortion ban that could charge a woman who gets an abortion and a doctor who provides it with a capital crime. It would make abortion punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole or death. 

For the first time in three years, there likely won’t be an execution in Ohio this year. That’s according to Gov. Mike DeWine, who says an execution planned for December probably won’t go forward.

A federal appeals court says an execution set for next May can go forward, because the condemned killer didn’t prove his claim that the state’s three-drug execution method is unconstitutional. 

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says his support for the death penalty is wavering as Gov. Mike DeWine's administration says it doesn’t think there’s a way to carry out executions that a federal court would find suitable. 

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There are 138 people on death row in Ohio, but Governor Mike DeWine has suspended all executions until the state finds a painless way to administer the death penalty. Robert Van Hook was executed in Ohio, in July, 2018. Will he be the last?

Gov. Mike DeWine says there won’t be any executions in Ohio in the near future. 

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Ohio’s death penalty law.

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The state has pushed back execution dates for a dozen condemned killers, because of a problem that’s no surprise to anyone in law enforcement or criminal justice – a lack of drugs for lethal injections.

This delay for the 141 people on death row in Ohio comes more than a year after the state had to push back executions when it switched to a single-drug lethal injection after the death of Dennis McGuire.

  A possible death penalty sentence has become a central issue in the federal trial of accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Massachusetts, which abolished the death penalty in 1984, is one of 18 states that have ended capital punishment. But the federal death penalty is legal in all 50 states.

The Ohio Innocence Project says a Cleveland man has been exonerated after 39 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

Following a 2-day hearing in a Cuyahoga County courtroom, the star witness in the case against Ricky Jackson admitted to lying during the original trial.  Jackson was convicted in 1975 along with two other men based on the eyewitness testimony of then 12-year-old Eddie Vernon.  On Tuesday, Vernon recanted his story, saying he testified to seeing the murder in order to please others. 

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Update: Committee issued it's final report today. You can read it here. Court News Ohio says: The report will now be reviewed by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and by the president of the Ohio State Bar Association and is being made available to the members of the Ohio General Assembly and interested parties.

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