Category Archives: death row

Nitrogen Asphyxiation: “Are we really going to use it for people?”

John Murphy, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, supports the flawed criminal justice system that produced Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s death sentence. Murphy is unconcerned that a recent OTSE report about the Ohio death penalty concludes, “the only interest served is … Continue reading

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“It’s not going to happen.”

Joe Deters, the prosecutor in Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s case, has asked Justice O’Neill to remove himself from Jeff’s case because of his opposition to the death penalty. Legal expert, Martin Pinales, stated categorically, “It’s not going to happen.” He explained that the Ohio … Continue reading

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A Critical Turning Point

Last week the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, announced it was prohibiting the use of its chemicals as execution drugs. It thus brought the US death penalty to a new juncture. As the human rights organisation, Reprieve, commented:  “This is a critical turning … Continue reading

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Execution Date Stayed!

Wonderful news! The Ohio Supreme Court has today issued the following announcement about Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s case: 1995-0042. State v. Wogenstahl. Hamilton App. No. C-930222. On motion to vacate execution date and to reopen direct appeal. Motion granted. Appellant’s execution date … Continue reading

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Evolving Standards of Decency

There has been very good news on Ohio’s death row this month: one of the inmates, Rayshawn Johnson, has had his death sentence set aside. Even Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who in 2006 dissented in a similar case, was swayed this … Continue reading

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Another New Execution Date

Jeffrey Wogenstahl was handed a letter on Monday telling him his execution date has been postponed from November 16 2016 to September 13 2017.  At first the news seemed wonderful –the pressure on his lawyers is decreased. Today came the backlash, … Continue reading

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Unpredictable Laws, Fallible Judges

In Oklahoma Richard Glossip is between two execution deadlines: he came within hours of the first, on September 16, before it was stayed by the US Supreme Court; but now another is looming (September 30). The anxiety that this must be … Continue reading

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I’m not going to watch the poor thing starve

Death row is a sombre place, but there is plenty of time to see things that would go unremarked by the rest of us. On Ohio’s death row at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, Jeffrey Wogenstahl was watching a starling with a … Continue reading

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Death Penalty Errors

The repeal of the death penalty in Nebraska last month was described by Andrea Lyon in the New York Daily News as a ‘Nixon-visits-Red-China moment’: in over 40 years no other conservative state has abolished the death penalty. Libertarian-minded conservatives formed … Continue reading

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Eyewitness Misidentification

At the time of Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s trial the law had not yet embraced the concerns about eye witness identification that scientists had been highlighting for years. It was only when DNA exonerations flagged up the prevalence of misidentification even when … Continue reading

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