Bar association calls for Ohio to suspend death penalty system

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The American Bar Association is urging Governor Strickland to halt executions so Ohio’s death penalty system can be reviewed.

A team of ABA lawyers has taken its own look over the past 2-and-a-half years and concludes that there are racial and geographic imbalances and other flaws in the way capital punishment is administered in the state.

The study says many defendants receive inadequate legal help and says ways to guard death row inmates’ rights are missing from the system. The ABA team says, for example, that there should be a requirement that all DNA evidence from a case be preserved while an offender is on death row.