Supreme Court Justice Pfeifer calls for abolishing death penalty

From: Dayton Daily News
Dec. 14th 2011
By William Hershey | Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 12:32 PM

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, who was a cosponsor of Ohio’s death penalty law in 1981 as a state senator, on Wednesday testified in favor of legislation abolishing the death penalty and making life without the possibility of parole the harshest punishment.

“The death penalty in Ohio has become what I call a death lottery,” Pfeifer told the House Criminal Justice Committee.

He testified in favor of House Bill 160, sponsored by Reps. Ted Celeste, D-Grandview Heights, and Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood.

He said some county prosecutors, particularly in Hamilton and Trumbull Counties, are more likely seek the death penalty than others.

Pfeifer also questioned whether the death penalty served as a deterrent.

He was among a number of opponents scheduled to testify at the bill’s first hearing.

Pfeifer, a Republican, is serving his fourth term on the Supreme Court.
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Added on Dec 19th 2011:
For a tiny bit more indepth article, see: http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/supreme-court-justice-says-ohio-should-repeal-death-lottery-1.251129 (Dec 19th 2011)

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