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An Unseemly Spectacle

Alva Campbell is next in line to be executed by the State of Ohio.* For the last month of his life, Campbell will have been intensely monitored: two corrections officers watch him round the clock to ensure there is no … Continue reading

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More Victims and More Grieving Families

September 13, 2017 was to have been Jeffrey Wogenstahl’s day of execution. Following a rescheduling, the date has been reallocated to Gary Otte.[i] Otte differs from Jeff in having no claim of innocence. Nonetheless, Otte’s case highlights many concerns about … Continue reading

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Ronald Phillips: Breakdown of Criminal Justice

A ruling by a federal court makes it more likely that executions will resume in Ohio on July 26, despite warnings that the state’s drug protocol could cause immense pain. The first person due to face this pain is Ronald Phillips.[i] Phillips … 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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