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The General Assembly Might Get Involved With Executions

Last month's execution of Dennis McGuire has stirred a lot of debate over the death penalty in Ohio. Opponents have called on Gov. John Kasich to put a moratorium on the practice, while supporters say it's needed to deal with the worst of the worst criminals.

State Rep. Jim Buchy, a Republican from Greenville, thinks the death penalty needs to remain in place.

"We need to hold criminals responsible for their heinous crimes," he said.

He's frustrated with all the talk about what level of pain and suffering, if any, McGuire dealt with as he was executed Jan. 16 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

"We're talking about trying to make the murderer look like a victim in this lethal execution, but what about the lady that he murdered?"

Buchy admits there are a lot of questions about the death penalty as a result of the McGuire execution. He hopes they are answered soon. Buchy hinted that there may be legislation dealing with the issue introduced soon, but he didn't offer any specifics.

"I'm taking a look at it myself and I know others are looking at it from various other perspectives," he said.

Overall, Buchy doesn't think Ohio executes that many people. He says 393 people have been executed since Ohio became a state in 1803. He claims that's about 1 percent of every murderer that has been sentenced to die. There are currently 139 people on Ohio's death row - 138 men and one woman.

"That's a total of 532 people that have been sentenced to death in the history of Ohio," he said.

Of those, six have been exonerated.

"Those people who should not have paid for their crime with their life is so small that the cost to the taxpayers and the citizens to run through these lengthy appeals processes certainly warrants scrutiny," he said.

 

 

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