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Author Finds Wide Discrepancies in Application of Death Penalty in Ohio
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Ohio has executed 29 killers since reinstituting the death penalty in 1999.
The latest was Daniel Wilson, who was put to death by lethal injection this week.
Associated Press reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins has been researching Ohio’s death penalty law, and he says he’s found wide discrepancies in how it’s applied. In some counties, he says, plea bargains are common, while prosecutors in other counties won’t offer deals to people facing the death penalty.
Welsh Huggins has written a book on the death penalty in Ohio. He says there are some 40 people who’ve been on death row for more than 20 years, and so Ohio will likely carry out several executions a year for the next several years. But he says fewer people are being sentenced to death – only about three cases a year statewide end up in a death sentence.