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Conservatives Launch Push To Repeal Death Penalty In Ohio

Feb 19, 2020

Credit Ohio Public Radio
A national group of conservatives that oppose capital punishment has made Ohio the 14th state for its repeal campaign. 

The group says Ohio has been one of the leading states for executions.  Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

Republicans with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty say it’s inconsistent with pro-life views, is too expensive, and is a failed government policy riddled with errors and inefficiency. There are only three current officeholders on the group’s Ohio member list. But longtime GOP strategist Michael Hartley says those who are and will be involved eventually are influential.

“I’ll go to war with those folks any damn day, because all we do and have done is win in Ohio.”

Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder has said the cost has made him less supportive of the death penalty, and Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has delayed executions since taking office, saying finding drugs are a problem. But prosecutors strongly oppose repeal.