Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Prosecutors Push Changes To Ohio Death Penalty Law
The committee reviewing Ohio’s death penalty law is considering a proposal to require lawyers representing death penalty clients to extensively document the amount of time they spend on their cases.
The proposal by prosecutors being debated Thursday also would require defense attorneys to include their reasons for calling or not calling particular witnesses, and would require any inmate claiming they had bad legal assistance to include such information in their appeals.
Prosecutors are also pushing a proposal to allow currently prohibited testimony from surviving victims and family members about the impact of a killing.
Defense lawyers oppose the proposed changes.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has convened the task force while making clear it won’t debate whether the state should have the death penalty.