Senator Brown Responds To Attorney General's Comments On Resuming Executions In Ohio
Renews call for abolishing capital punishment with passage of SB 293
September 30, 2014
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Columbus – Today, State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) released the following statement in response to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s announcement that executions in Ohio will be put on hold until the General Assembly passes laws to provide anonymity for “compounding pharmacies” which provide the chemicals used in executions and immunity protection for physicians who assist the state with executions:

“Rather than looking to hastily pass laws to continue the extremely flawed execution process in Ohio, I hope the General Assembly will instead take this opportunity to seriously reevaluate why our state continues to pursue capital punishment cases in the first place.

 “The legal, logistical, and moral issues that are raised by the inability of states throughout the U.S. to find appropriate and reliable drug cocktails to use during executions are just the latest in a long list of reasons to reevaluate the entire practice.  A series of botched executions in Ohio and elsewhere reinforces the necessity to abolish this archaic and ill-considered practice rather than providing legal protection for it.

“History and research tell us that capital punishment is enormously expensive and wasteful, that capital punishment does not reduce or deter violent crime, that capital punishment is arbitrarily applied, and that there is always the possibility of executing an innocent person who has been wrongfully convicted.

“For these reasons and more, the case against capital punishment overwhelmingly outweighs any benefit the practice may have for our state. Instead of creating new laws to provide legal protection for a hopelessly broken system, we should pass Senate Bill 293 to abolish capital punishment altogether.”

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