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2009 Capital Crimes Report

2009 Capital Crimes Report

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Capital Crimes Annual ReportState and Federal Cases2008
Released April 1, 2009 
 
 
 April 1, 2009 The Honorable Ted Strickland The Honorable Thomas MoyerGovernor, State of Ohio Chief Justice, Ohio Supreme CourtRiffe Center, 30th Floor Ohio Judicial Center77 S. High St. 65 S. Front St.Columbus, OH 43215 Columbus, OH 432215 The Honorable Armond Budish The Honorable Bill HarrisSpeaker, Ohio House of Representatives President, Ohio Senate77. S. High St., 14
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Floor Statehouse, Room No. 201Columbus, OH 43215 Columbus, OH 43215Gentlemen,Ohio’s use of capital punishment prompted the General Assembly in 1998 to requirethat the Attorney General produce an annual report about those sentenced to death. Here isthat report for 2008. As of Dec. 31, 2008, Ohio had 165 men and one woman awaiting execution ondeath row. This report includes summaries of the crimes those inmates were convicted of,history of all state and federal appellate actions related to those cases and the status of thecases and execution dates where applicable. The report also includes information aboutinmates who were executed or otherwise removed from death row. The report also contains information about the death penalty in Ohio, including statejudicial and legislative history. This office’s Capital Crimes Unit compiled this report using data provided by theOhio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, court records, county prosecutors and victim witness advocates.For more information, please feel free to call Matthew A. Kanai at (614) 728-7055.Or feel free to call me anytime at (614) 728-2313.Sincerely,Richard Cordray  Attorney General
 
 
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Capital Crimes 2008 Annual Report
 
 Table of Contents
History of Ohio’s Death Penalty..............................................................................................................1
 
Historical Background........................................................................................................................1
 
Procedural Changes to Death Penalty Appeals...............................................................................1
 
Legislation Eliminates Electrocution................................................................................................1
 
National Ban on Execution of Mentally Retarded Individuals.....................................................2
 
DNA Testing Offered to Death Sentenced Inmates.....................................................................2
 
Ohio’s Death Penalty Statute....................................................................................................................3
 
 The Capital Indictment R.C. 2903.01, 2929.04............................................................................3
 
 Aggravated Murder – Defined by R.C. 2903.01..........................................................................................3
 
 Aggravating Circumstances – Specified in R.C. 2929.04(A)(1) – (A)(10)...............................................3
 
Notification of Capital Indictment to Ohio Supreme Court - R. C. 2929.021...........................4
 
 The Capital Trial R.C. 2929.03.......................................................................................................4
 
Guilt/Culpability Phase...................................................................................................................................5
 
Sentencing/Mitigation Hearing – R.C. 2929.03 and 2929.04....................................................................5
 
Death Penalty Appellate Process.............................................................................................................7
 
State Review.........................................................................................................................................7
 
Direct Appeal....................................................................................................................................................7
 
Post-Conviction Appeal ..................................................................................................................................7
 
Murnahan Appeal.............................................................................................................................................8
 
Federal Review.....................................................................................................................................8
 
Federal District Court......................................................................................................................................8
 
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.......................................................................................................................8
 
United States Supreme Court.........................................................................................................................9
 

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