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Merit Decision: Counsel Prejudicially Ineffective in Mitigation Phase in Death Penalty Case. State v. Herring.

On December 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Herring, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-5228. In a 4-3 opinion written by Justice Paul Pfeifer, the court granted Herring’s petition for post-conviction relief … Continue reading

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Justice O’Neill Continues to Refuse to Impose the Death Penalty.

When Justice Bill O’Neill joined the Court January 2, 2013, he wasted no time in making clear his opposition to the death penalty.  On January 25, 2013, O’Neill dissented from the order of execution in the case of State v. … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel at Mitigation Phase of Death Penalty Case. State of Ohio v. Willie Herring.

Update: On December 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case.  Read the analysis here.

On April 29, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel at Mitigation Phase of Death Penalty Case. State of Ohio v. Willie Herring.

Update: On December 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case.  Read the analysis here.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On April 29, 2014, the Supreme Court of … Continue reading

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Justice Pfeifer finds his Ohio Federal Judicial Soul Mate on the Death Penalty in Judge Greg Frost

Update: Ohio Attorney General DeWine appealed the stay of execution order in the Lorraine case to the U.S. Supreme Court. On February 8, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to lift the stay of execution.

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Justice Pfeifer Signs Order of Execution in Death Penalty Case.

The Supreme Court of Ohio has now set two execution dates in death penalty cases. In the first of these, State v. Philips, case number 94-2208, the order was signed by Justice Paul Pfeifer as acting Chief Justice, because … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Can a Defendant in a Capital Case Whose Death Sentence is Overturned on Appeal be Re-Sentenced to Death Under an Amended Statute Not in Effect on the First Go-Around?

Update: On June 14, 2012, the Court handed down a merit decision in this case, affirming the re-imposition of the death penalty.

 On November 16, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral argument in the case of Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Can a Defendant in a Capital Case Whose Sentence is Overturned on Appeal be Sentenced to Death a Second Time Under an Amended Statute Not in Effect on the First Go-Around?

Update: On June 14, 2012, the Court handed down a merit decision in this case, affirming the re-imposition of the death penalty.

On November 16, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral arguments in the case of … Continue reading

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Food for Thought from Justice Stratton on the Death Penalty. Should We Execute the Mentally Ill? State v. Lang.

       The Ohio Supreme Court released its opinion in the death penalty case of State v. Lang, 2011-Ohio-4215 on August 31. While Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton joined the majority in affirming Lang’s conviction and death sentence, she makes an … Continue reading

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