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State Representatives Ask Governor To Stay Executions Until Death Row Review Is Complete

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State Representatives Ted Celeste (D-Columbus) and Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) have sent a letter to Governor Kasich requesting a moratorium on executions until the Supreme Court Joint Task Force finishes its review on capital punishment in the state.  The letter asks the Governor to grant a temporary stay to inmates scheduled to be executed until the Task Force review is completed.

Reps. Celeste and Antonio are sponsors of House Bill 160 – the Execute Justice Bill – to end capital punishment in Ohio.

The letter to Gov. Kasich comes after members of the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee visited Death Row last month. Committee Chairman Lynn Slaby (R-Copley Township) and Ranking Minority Member Roland Winburn (D-Harrison Township) joined Representative Celeste, Representative Antonio, and Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) on a tour of the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.  Sen. Brown is introducing companion legislation to House Bill 160 in the Ohio Senate.

Via ProgressOhio.

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