Category Archives: criminal justice

Covid-19 on Death Row

Covid-19 has come to Ohio’s death row: 23 death row inmates have tested positive for the virus. None of the cases is in the block where Jeffrey Wogenstahl is incarcerated. The inmates who have contracted the virus are in isolation. … Continue reading

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Excessive and Inhuman

Jeffrey Wogenstahl has been on death row for an astonishing 27 years. He’s not alone in suffering such a long period of incarceration: of the 138 inmates on Ohio’s death row, 71 have been imprisoned for 20 years or more; … Continue reading

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Jurisdiction Ruling: a Reassuring Footnote

A Sixth Circuit court has denied[i] Jeffrey Wogenstahl the opportunity to make a separate appeal to establish whether Ohio had jurisdiction to try him. Jeff wanted to appeal an Ohio Supreme Court’s ruling[ii] from 2017. In that ruling the majority … Continue reading

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Will Ohio’s Death Penalty End?

Four times in the last decade Ohio’s Democrat Senator Nickie Antonio has sponsored a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state, without success. This year feels different. With executions halted because lethal injection drugs are unobtainable, pressure is … Continue reading

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More Good News

A recent Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) analysis makes encouraging reading: death sentencing and executions in the USA are both declining. During the decade that has just ended, average annual US death sentencing was less than half what it was … Continue reading

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Encouraging News

2019 is ending on an encouraging note for the Ohio death row inmates. In mid December Governor DeWine stated that Ohio is “not very close” to resuming executions; the following week Republican House Speaker, Larry Householder, confirmed that abolition of … Continue reading

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A Disturbing Ruling

A Sixth Circuit appeals court panel ruled this month that Ohio’s three-drug execution protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments. The panel’s decision is at odds with federal magistrate Judge Merz’s conclusion earlier this … Continue reading

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Eric Horn: Not Lured Away

Troy Beard lived near the home of the victim in Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s case. It was the short distance to Beard’s apartment that Jeffrey Wogenstahl drove Eric Horn in the early hours of November 24, 1991.[i] At Jeff’s trial, Horn claimed … Continue reading

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Wogenstahl is actually innocent.

Jeffrey Wogenstahl has filed a claim of actual innocence* in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. The standard to be met for such a claim is very high, requiring that: “evidence not available or presented at trial, in combination … Continue reading

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The US Supreme Court’s Exceptional Barbarity

While we were still celebrating increased conservative opposition to the death penalty, the US Supreme Court last month shunted the American death penalty into new, shocking levels of brutality. The opinion is described by various legal analysts as “bloodthirsty”, “exceptionally … Continue reading

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