"Governor, leaders show little support for Ohio death penalty freeze after lengthy execution," is AP coverage, via the Greenfield Reporter.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to support the death penalty following the prolonged execution of a condemned killer earlier this month that led to calls for a state moratorium on capital punishment.
Kasich says there might be adjustments made to the state's execution process but he doesn't expect Ohio to end the death penalty.
Kasich said Thursday at a legislative forum sponsored by The Associated Press that the death penalty is appropriate when someone has killed a person made in God's image.
House Minority Leader Tracy Heard, a Columbus Democrat, was the only one of four legislative leaders to support a moratorium in earlier remarks.
An expended version of the AP report is, "Ohio leaders talk taxes and death penalty," via the Newark Advocate.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is not eager to end the death penalty, not afraid to veto a drilling tax and not looking to push a right-to-work proposal to limit labor unions.
The first-term Republican made those stances clear in answering questions Thursday during a legislative preview session for journalists, organized by The Associated Press.
Still unknown is what he’ll say in his State of the State address Feb. 24 in Medina.
State leaders including Kasich were asked about their position on the death penalty, following the prolonged execution of a condemned killer this month that led to calls for a state moratorium on capital punishment.
Kasich said he awaits the review of the execution by Ohio’s corrections department. “But at the end of the day,” he said, “I believe that the death penalty, when applied in a strict way with a thoroughness, is an appropriate amount of justice that should be delivered.”
"Gov. Kasich, lawmakers rehash their support of death penalty," is by Marc Kovac of Dix News Capital Bureau , via the Daily Record.
Gov. John Kasich and legislative leaders reiterated their support Thursday for the death penalty, indicating they would not support a moratorium on lethal injections following the prolonged execution of a Preble County murderer earlier this month.
Kasich, Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder, Republican Senate President Keith Faber and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) appeared to be on the same page on the issue during a daylong forum sponsored by the Ohio Associated Press that gave reporters from around the state an opportunity to question elected officials on different issues.
All were asked about the status of capital punishment in the state, following the execution of Dennis McGuire.
Kasich said Thursday he is waiting for DRC's review of McGuire's execution.
"I want to hear what they have to say upon completion of that," he said. "I do not believe they're going to come back and recommend that we don't do this anymore. They're looking at what the impact was, what happened in there, and if there's adjustments to be made, they will come and recommend them."
He added, "But this does not take away from the fact that I think the death penalty is appropriate."
Earlier coverage of the botched Ohio execution begins at the link.