Ohio governor commutes sentence of death row inmate

From: Reuters
Sept 26, 2011
Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich on Monday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Joseph Murphy to life without the possibility of parole, his second such action in the past three months.

The application of Ohio’s death penalty came under question in July when a federal judge issued a stay of execution for another inmate and called the state’s practices haphazard.

In commuting his sentence, Kasich called Murphy’s 1987 murder of Ruth Predmore, 72, “heinous and disturbing,” but the death penalty inappropriate given a brutal upbringing and relatively young age at the time of the crime.

Read the rest here.

Also read Gamso’s column if you like, and there you can see the official letter of commutation: http://gamso-forthedefense.blogspot.com/2011/09/praise-where-its-due-but-still-plenty.html

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